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By the end of this module, you should be able to...
- Identify the steps in the systematic approach to the trauma patient
- Define the Glasgow Coma Scale and understand how to utilize the scale
- Identify the key aspects of the revised trauma score
- Understand the steps in the National Trauma Triage Protocol.
- List the different trauma designations and understand how each is defined.
- Recognize examples of significant mechanisms of injury
High Yield Content
- The systematic approach allows for early identification of the most life threatening issues first
- The GCS assesses eyes, verbal and motor with maximum score in each category of 4, 5 and 6
- The lowest GCS score is 3 and the highest is 14
- The revised trauma score is one scoring system that assesses GCS, Systolic BP and Ventilatory rate to predict trauma severity
- The revised trauma score is most heavily weighted on GCS and should be calculated during initial assessment
- The National Trauma Triage Protocol assesses Vital Signs, Injuries, MOI and special considerations to determine where in a trauma system a patient should be transferred
- Trauma designations range from Level 5 to Level 1 with Level 1 trauma centers having the most robust resources to assess and manage traumatic patients.