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When a trauma patient comes to your ED, are head and extremity injuries the first thing on your radar screen? “Nurses often look for obvious trauma and forget to assess the abdomen — sort of like the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind,’” says Kelly Arashin, RN, CEN, night charge nurse and trauma coordinator for the ED at Hilton Head (SC) Regional Medical Center.

Perform abdominal assessment, or risk missing life-threatening trauma injury