Category: Trauma (page 2 of 2)

Neck Injury

Today we will be covering neck injury. Specifically, we will cover soft tissue injury of the neck. It can be divided into blunt and penetrating trauma. And because this is where the blood vessels are located, the test of choice for these injuries will be a CT angiogram. We’ll discuss the indications for CTA, when to go straight to the OR, as well as a few other pearls during this week’s episode.

C-Spine Injury

This episode will overview cervical spine injuries in trauma. First you put the collar on, then you take it off. The tricky part is learning WHEN to take the collar off. You have two options. Option 1 is to use a decision rule called the NEXUS criteria. Option 2 is to get a CT of the cervical spine and then “clear the collar” when the picture returns. Otherwise, the collar stays on until the patient can get follow up with a spine specialist.

Face Injury

We are continuing our trauma series this week and will be discussing facial trauma. Severe injuries to the face sound complicated, but I promise you they’re not. In this episode we will cover the basic management of all facial trauma as well as the 6 major injuries you might see during your rotation.

Head Injury

Over the next several weeks we are going to be doing a series of episodes on trauma. Starting today with head trauma. There are lots of critical diagnoses that you cannot miss with head injuries, and you need to order a CT head without contrast if you suspect any of them. One way to help you decided whether to order a CT is by using the Canadian Head CT Rule. We will cover all of this and more in today’s episode.

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