Category: MSK/Trauma

Gunshot Wounds

When most people think about trauma, they think about gunshot wounds. However, not all gunshots come in as a multi system trauma alert. Not all patients have been shot in the chest or belly and need to be rushed to the OR. Much more commonly, we are dealing with gunshot wounds to the extremities. In this episode, we will cover the basic approach to the extremity gunshot wound.

Back Pain

Similar to patients with a headache, patients with back pain typically require very little testing. Rather, these encounters are focused entirely around a search for red flags. I LOVE these types of cases. These cases are straightforward, and you have the potential to sound REALLY smart in front of your attending if you remember the life threats and red flags during your presentation.

Trauma

Trauma is easily the most interesting topic in all of emergency medicine. We might not see it quite as much as chest pain and abdominal pain, but trauma is certainly one of the top 10 things you will see most commonly on your clerkship. Today I am going to give you an overview of a course called ATLS- Advanced Trauma Life Support. It is the national standard of care for treating trauma. It’s very easy to understand, just remember your A-B-C-D-Es (Primary Survey) and don’t forget to do a thorough Secondary Survey.

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