Trauma Team Pearls

A few  practical tips from a trauma team elective:

  • Just walking down the street ‘minding my own business’ seems to be an independent risk factor for being assaulted, stabbed and/or shot.
  • If you are cleaning your shotgun, for your own safety and those around you, please make sure it is unloaded.
  • If you like to run or bike alone please have some form of identification on you or information to contact a partner or family member.
  • If you are working at heights, wear and use your gear.  Hook in and be safe.
  • Buckle up when you are driving.  A bruise from the seat belt is much better than being ejected from your car.
  • If you have a trauma in the winter your Canada Goose jacket will be destroyed  during the primary survey, sorry.
  • CT-A is very useful, but isn’t perfect.  There can be surprises, a patient’s retained clothing or the collar can compress vascular injuries.

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