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Trauma Series: Polytrauma

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 2702 reviews

Course Summary

The field of medicine is rapidly advancing, which means that we can save many people who once would have been lost to serious injury. However, these advances have created an influx of polytraumatic patients—patients with two or more acutely serious injuries, at least one of which is life threatening. Medical staff needs to be prepared to meet the unique needs of these patients, from the field to the emergency room and in both acute and post-acute care situations. Additionally, it is absolutely vital that medical professionals understand the psychological needs of polytraumatic patients so they can help them achieve healing of both body and mind. This course will provide advanced learning for nurses interested in the management of the individual with polytrauma.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  1. Definition and Incidence
  2. Common Causes
    1. Military Polytrauma
      1. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
      2. Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPGs)
      3. Other Weapons
    2. Civilian
      1. Automobile Accidents
      2. Firearms
      3. Other Causes
  3. Common Injuries
    1. A. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    2. B. Limb loss
    3. C. Burns
    4. D. Fractures
    5. E. Sensory loss
      1. Blindness
      2. Hearing loss
  4. Emergency Treatment
    1. A. Recommended Staffing per Patient
    2. B. ABCDE Assessment
      1. 1. Airway
      2. 2. Breathing
      3. 3. Circulation
      4. 4. Disability
      5. 5. Exposure/Environmental Control
    3. C. Trauma Series X-Ray
      1. 1. Cervical Spine
      2. 2. Chest
      3. 3. Pelvis
    4. D. ECMO
  5. Secondary Survey
    1. A. Patient History
    2. B. Physical Exam
  6. Acute Care
  7. Long-Term Treatment and Rehabilitation
    1. A. U.S. Military Polytrauma Specialization Centers
      1. 1. Minneapolis, MN
      2. 2. Palo Alto, CA
      3. 3. Richmond, VA
      4. 4. Tampa, FL
    2. B. Dept. of Veteran Affairs Network Sites
    3. C. Private Specialization Centers
    4. D. Outpatient Care and Support
  8. Mental Health Treatment
  9. Full Course Summary/Conclusion


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