Primary survey: Initial resuscitation priorities

Eran Tal-Or, Koichi Tanigawa, Andreas R. Thierbach, Herbert Kuhnigk, Moshe Michaelson

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Optimum treatment of severely injured trauma victims requires a rapid and organized assessment and treatment system. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed a graded approach involving primary and secondary surveys for injuries, using a system of management described as Advanced Trauma Life Supportw (ATLSw). The “primary survey” (PS) is the initial phase of management reviewed in this chapter. During the PS, lifethreatening conditions are rapidly identified and life-saving treatment is expeditiously initiated. Resuscitation efforts occur coincident with the PS and continue throughout the next phase of care. Optimally, the PS is completed in the first three to five minutes. However, when multiple lifethreatening injuries are encountered, the PS takes longer to complete.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrauma
Subtitle of host publicationEmergency Resuscitation, Perioperative Anesthesia, Surgical Management
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781420052442
ISBN (Print)9780824729196
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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