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SIX PHASES OF TRAUMA CARE MANAGEMENT

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MANAGEMENT GOALS

Primary survey

  • Examine, diagnose, treat life-threatening injuries as soon as they are diagnosed
  • Use simplest treatment possible to stabilize patient’s condition

Secondary survey

  • Perform complete, thorough patient examination to ensure no other injuries are missed

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  • Start resuscitation at the same time as performing primary survey
  • Do not start secondary survey until completing primary survey
  • Constantly reassess patient for response to treatment; if condition deteriorates,reassess ABC

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  • Do not start definitive treatment until secondary survey is completed unless required as life-saving measure
  • When definitive treatment is not available, have a plan for safe transfer of patient to another centre
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