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Trauma Assessment and Surgery 

Trauma Assessment and Surgery
Chapter:
Trauma Assessment and Surgery
Author(s):

Jad M. Abdelsattar

, Moustafa M. El Khatib

, T. K. Pandian

, Samuel J. Allen

, and David R. Farley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190650506.003.0019
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date: 09 May 2021

When the patient arrives in the emergency department, the primary survey should be for ABCDE: A, airway; B, breathing; C, circulation; D, disability; and E, exposure. Normothermia is ideal. Check vital signs often. CXR and pelvic radiographs may show evidence of fractures, bleeding, or perforation. If chin lift, jaw thrust, or endotracheal intubation are unsuccessful in establishing an airway, cricothyrotomy is indicated to provide an adequate airway.

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