Blunt Trauma

A false negative FAST examination is NOT sensitive enough to rule out all abdominal injuries - Carling Macdonald

Blunt Trauma
Blunt Trauma

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Blunt Trauma: what do we miss/how can we improve?

Missed injuries are fortunately rare, yet the injured trauma patient may present a unique diagnostic challenge...

Delayed diagnosis of intra-abdominal injuries, for instance, results in significantly increased morbidity and mortality. Literature suggests an 8.1% incidence of patients with missed injuries, which may be an underestimation of the true incidence of missed injuries

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 Blunt Trauma: what do we miss/how can we improve?

What body parts are at higher risk for missed injuries? The most commonly involved body region of missed injuries was the head/neck, followed by the chest and extremities.

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