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Belly Busters: Abominable Abdominal Trauma


Critical to identify but easily missed, traumatic abdominal injuries present some of the most confounding cases that EMS providers can encounter. Without an on-board X-Ray machine, how can EMS providers identify critical abdominal traumatic injuries for care in the ambulance and in the emergency department? Using real-life case studies this presentation discusses the sequelae of blunt and penetrating trauma and gives you the tools to help identify abdominal trauma based on either presentation or mechanism of injury so that you can prioritize life saving interventions in multi-system trauma.


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