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Trauma. Comprehensive Review. Time vs. Survival. Relationship of time to survival The “golden hour” Importance of an organized approach to trauma. Scene Size-up. Body substance isolation review Scene safety Total number of patients Essential equipment and resources needed on-scene

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Comprehensive Review

Time vs survival
Time vs. Survival

Relationship of time to survival

The “golden hour”

Importance of an organized approach to trauma

Scene size up
Scene Size-up

Body substance isolation review

Scene safety

Total number of patients

Essential equipment and resources needed on-scene

Mechanisms of injury

Basic mechanisms of motion injury
Basic Mechanisms of Motion Injury because…

Blunt injuries

Rapid forward deceleration (collisions)

Rapid vertical deceleration (falls)

Energy transfer from blunt objects (bat, stick)

Penetrating injuries



Falls upon fixed objects

Clues to injury motor vehicle collision
Clues to Injury because…Motor Vehicle Collision

Vehicle damage

What forces were involved in the collision?

Intrusion > 12 in occupant compartment

Intrusion > 18 in anywhere else

Damage to interior structures

What did the patient hit?

Injury patterns on the patient

What anatomic areas were hit?

Newtons law
Newtons Law because…

  • Says what……….?

  • Link

3 impacts in each accident
3 “Impacts” in each Accident because…

  • Car vs Slower or stopped object

  • Person vs Car (e.g wheel)

  • Organs vs Boney cage (e.g brain vs inside of cranium)

History taking
History taking because…

  • Scene survey (use your knowledge of trauma kinetics to extract information from the scene)

  • Ask bystanders what they saw, heard and their initial assessment

  • Ask first responders their initial impressions

  • Ask patient some questions?

  • Keep in mind what the trauma team wants to know. 4 main questions

    • 1

    • 2

    • 3

    • 4

  • Time frame – actual vs perceived

  • History taking and “recreation” of the crash is the only thing that separates the real medic from the layperson who looks at the destruction and crash scene

  • What also does it do re: patient injuries and expectations?

Rapid forward deceleration because…

Rapid vertical deceleration

Energy transfer from blunt instruments

ITLS because…

  • See table 1-3 Mechanism of injury and potential injury patterns

  • Read Chapter 1

Different kinds of mvc s
Different Kinds of MVC’s because…

  • Fontal (head on)

  • T boned 0 side impact

  • Rollover

  • Rear ended

Head on
Head on because…

Patient trapped
Patient Trapped because…

  • “down and under”

    • Forces on upper legs to force them under the dashboard

    • Specific injuries occur

Head on crash
Head on Crash because…

  • Link

Lateral impact collision t bone
Lateral-impact Collision- T bone because…

Machine collision

Body collision

Organ collision

Courtesy of Bonnie Meneely, EMT-P

Rear impact collision
Rear-impact Collision because…

Machine collision

Body collision

Organ collision

Courtesy of Bonnie Meneely, EMT-P

Occupant restraint systems
Occupant Restraint Systems because…

Lap belts

Cross-chest lap belt

Air bags

Passive restraint system.

No hazardous materials are released.

Always “lift and look” under the air bag.

Deformity of wheel suggests impact.

Small vehicle crashes
Small Vehicle Crashes because…



E Bikes

All-terrain vehicles

Personal watercraft


Car vs pedestrian
Car Vs Pedestrian because…

Pedestrian injuries
Pedestrian Injuries because…

Patient sustains high-energy transfer.

Even with low-speed collision

Patient may have “second impact” injuries.

Courtesy of Bonnie Meneely, EMT-P

Donor cycles
Donor Cycles because…

Helmet because…

  • Ensure you review helmet removal technique

  • Look at it carefully

  • Inspect for damage

  • Bring to ER with you

  • Helmet tells a story too!

Explosions because…

  • Need to know the force involved

  • Patient thrown?

  • How far?

  • Contact surface?

  • Heat or fire involved?

  • Assume trauma and full c- spine support

  • Hazmat?

  • Three phases…

Blast injuries
Blast Injuries because…

Scene Size-up

Scene safety!

May involve multiple patients





Courtesy of Bonnie Meneely, EMT-P

Falls because…

Falls injuries depend upon 3 factors
FALLS because…Injuries depend upon 3 factors:

Distance of fall

Elderly may fracture hip from “trivial” fall.

Anatomic area impacted

Patients landing on their feet may have injury to knees, hips, or lumbar spine.

Patients landing on their heads may have cervical spine injury.

Surface hit

Forces in falls
Forces in falls because…

  • Something called Axial loading

    • Along the long axis of the body

  • Case Study because…

    Classic 21 yr old dating

    A 14 year old. Parents

    Come home and “Don” jumps out 3rd story balcony!

    Fractures ankles and wrist ? Lumbar #

Tractor accidents
Tractor Accidents because…

Rear overturns (15%)

More likely to crush the driver

Side overturns (85%)


Crush injuries

Thermal & chemical burns

sy of Roy Alson, M.D.

Courtesy of Roy Alson, M.D.

Penetrating injuries knives other objects
Penetrating Injuries because…Knives & Other Objects

Severity depends upon:


Length of object

Angle of penetration

Below 4th intercostal space may involve chest and abdomen.

Do not remove impaled object.

Courtesy of Bonnie Meneely, EMT-P

Penetrating injuries gunshot wounds
Penetrating Injuries because…Gunshot Wounds

Remember scene safety!

Severity depends upon:

Anatomic area struck & tissue density

Missile velocity & size

Type of bullet (hollow point, shot shell, jacketed)

Preserve evidence if possible.

Courtesy of Bonnie Meneely, EMT-P

Collision summary
Collision Summary because…

Note type of collision.

Note evidence of high-energy transfer.

Maintain high index of suspicion.

Keep scene time to a minimum.

Relay observations to receiving physician.

More to come
More to come because…

  • Ensure you do the readings of ITLS and Bledsoe for trauma

  • Tomorrow TTG