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Welcome to the trauma module. This module describes the prevalence of trauma across Victoria and the state-wide systems that are in place to ensure trauma patients receive the appropriate level of care in the quickest time period. The term ‘major trauma’ will also be defined. Pre-hospital handover and your initial primary assessment and management are identified as key components to recognising a major trauma patient; your assessment techniques are therefore your most valuable skill when caring for a trauma patient.

Appropriate early management of trauma patients improves patient outcomes. Considering lower resource settings such as UCCs, we will then discuss the management principles of:

  • Head, face and eye trauma
  • Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI)
  • Chest trauma
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Pelvic and limb trauma.

This module concludes with the referral considerations for a trauma patient to ensure that early definitive care is able to be provided.

This module has been designed to take approximately 5.5 hours to complete. This may vary for each individual learner.

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