Category: Trauma Drama

Trauma Drama – ED REBOA

It’s 2 AM and you’re about to walk out to get some coffee when the notification phone rings. The prehospital dispatcher informs you, “24-year-old male with two gunshot wounds to the abdomen, BP 70/P, HR 128, R 30, ETA 5…

Can I log a trauma resuscitation?

You are working in the critical care area and need to log a trauma resuscitation since this is your last chance to get certified! A 65 year old male is brought by EMS for shortness of breath. He is tachypneic…

Is there a skull fracture?

Let’s go and see your next patient in the pediatric ER: a 4 month baby with a chief complaint of “head injury”. Mom says that she was playing with the baby yesterday. While playing, the baby kicked and then hit…

Another GSW?

Let’s imagine you are in this very shift in your critical care area (who knows, maybe this really happened). A 56  year old man was shot in lower abdomen in a robbery, brought in by EMS as a notification and…

Blunt Cardiac Injury

KCHC

“The heart was made to be broken.” ― Oscar Wilde Blunt thoracic trauma accounts for 25% of all traumatic fatalities. Blunt Cardiac Injury (BCI) has been quoted to be present in up to 76% of blunt thoracic trauma patients.  BCI…