Managing a trauma patient is not a solo thing… You work in a team, and you need to know how to manage your team as well as your patient.
With this post, we are going to conclude our overview of the Primary Survey. Do not underestimate these last two letters because they have the power of changing the first one. Remember that many blunt trauma patients sustain an isolated traumatic brain injury… and we don’t need to tell you what will happen if you don’t treat them appropriately…
Many trauma patients are bleeding on arrival. Sometimes this bleeding is visible, other times it is not. However, you need to determine as soon as possible if your patient is bleeding out… And if it is so, you must stop the bleed immediately.
The first two letters of the Primary Survey stand for Airway and Breathing. You need to ensure adequate oxygenation to your patient and, sometimes, you have to anticipate possible future problems.
What do you need to do when your patient arrives? What is the Primary Survey composed by? What does ABCDE mean?