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Digital Edition: Prehospital trauma: Today鈥檚 tenets for triage, treatment and transport

Head-to-toe guidance for improving trauma outcomes

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While many medical conditions require prompt transport and will likely not worsen en route, some trauma presentations require swift intervention and monitoring to prevent exacerbation. In this Digital Edition, sponsored by , learn the ins and outs of managing head, chest and musculoskeletal trauma.

First, discover what the EPIC study revealed are the three things to avoid to significantly improve survival in patients with traumatic brain injuries.

Next, find assessment and treatment pearls to simplify three common chest trauma presentations: flail chest, open pneumothorax and tension pneumothorax. From how to palpate subcutaneous emphysema to when to burp a chest seal, learn the signs to identify worsening injury and the treatment initiatives to prevent complications.

We then dive into how mechanism of injury and symptoms can identify hidden dangers behind musculoskeletal fractures and dislocations.

Finally, learn how the updated ACS National Guidelines for the Field Triage of Injured Patients break trauma patients into two groups, and how their risk for serious injury, geographic constraints and trauma center availability dictate where they should be transported.

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