Anesthesia for Trauma and Burns - Initial Evaluation of the Trauma Patient
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Rapid assessment of injuries and institution of resuscitative measures are particularly important in trauma patients. Life-threatening injuries should be identified immediately based on Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability/neurologic function, and Environmental priorities with treatment measures initiated simultaneously. Assume that all patients have a cervical spine injury, a full stomach, and hypovolemia until proven otherwise.