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Resources to Review Prior to Conference

Trauma Resuscitation

Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine


Goals and Objectives

  • Trainee will demonstrate competence in the initial evaluation and basic management of patients with blunt and penetrating traumatic injuries


Trainee will be able to:

  • List, describe, and demonstrate the steps of the primary survey

    • Airway and c-spine protection

    • Breathing and ventilation

    • Circulation and hemorrhage control

    • Disability

    • Exposure

  • List and describe potential procedures and interventions performed during the primary survey and their indications, including:

    • Intubation

    • Cricothyrotomy

    • Chest tube insertion

    • Thoracotomy

    • Massive transfusion protocol

    • Peripheral venous access

    • Central venous access

    • FAST exam

  • List, describe, and demonstrate the steps of the secondary survey

  • Define and describe “damage control resuscitation”

  • List “hard signs” for emergent operative management of each of the following:

    • Head trauma

    • Neck trauma, penetrating

    • Thoracic trauma, blunt

    • Thoracic trauma, penetrating

    • Abdominal trauma, blunt

    • Abdominal trauma, penetrating

    • Pelvic trauma

    • Extremity trauma


Additional Resources


Massive Transfusion


Head Trauma

Cervical Spine Trauma


Penetrating Neck Trauma


Blunt Thoracic Trauma


Penetrating Thoracic Trauma


Blunt Abdominal Trauma


Penetrating Abdominal Trauma


Pelvic and Genitourinary Trauma

Facial Trauma

Extremity Trauma


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