The Trauma Call Timeline
- A trauma team assembles rapidly in response to a major trauma alert and has a dedicated leader, usually an emergency medicine consultant, supported by a multidisciplinary team.
- Initial rapid assessment follows the mnemonic <C>ABCD with control of catastrophic bleeding, assessment of airway, breathing, circulation, and disability.
- Initial investigations to guide early management include portable radiography for chest and pelvis, point of care testing for venous blood gas analysis, and assessment of coagulation status.
- The team leader co-ordinates care, following the principles of damage control resuscitation to control bleeding and restore tissue perfusion.
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