EmtTraumaAssess - TRAUMA ASSESSMENT Emergency Medical...

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1 TRAUMA ASSESSMENT Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
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2 Scene Size-Up Safety Yourself Your partner Other responders Bystanders Patient
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3 Scene Size-Up Scene Location? Appearance? Where is patient? What is condition of vehicle? Were seatbelts used? Mechanism of Injury? Amount of force?
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4 Scene Size-Up Situation Additional support? Critical vs. Non-critical patient?
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5 Initial Assessment Find life threats If life-threat is present, CORRECT IT! If you can’t correct it: Oxygenate Ventilate TRANSPORT
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6 Initial Assessment With critical trauma you may never get past the initial assessment Most obvious or dramatic injury usually isn’t what’s killing the patient Listen to patient’s chief complaint
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7 Initial Assessment Airway with C-Spine Control Manual stabilization of C-Spine Noisy breathing = Obstructed breathing But all obstructed breathing is NOT noisy Assume airway problems with: » Decreased LOC » Head, face, neck, thorax trauma OPEN - CLEAR - MAINTAIN OPEN - CLEAR - MAINTAIN
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8 Initial Assessment Breathing Is patient breathing Is patient moving air adequately? – Is O 2 getting to blood LOOK - LISTEN - FEEL LOOK - LISTEN - FEEL
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Initial Assessment Breathing – Give O 2 immediately if : » Change in LOC » Possible shock » Possible severe hemorrhage » Chest pain » Chest Trauma » Dyspnea » Respiratory Distress If you think about giving O 2 , GIVE IT ! If you think about giving O
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course STEP 1 taught by Professor Dr.aslam during the Fall '11 term at Montgomery College.

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