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Trauma Reports



  • Update on Pediatric Concussions

    The authors provide a current summary of the best practices for diagnosis and management of pediatric concussions.

  • Evaluation and Management of Burn Injuries

    Although burn injuries are seen less frequently then they used to be, it is still critical for the acute care provider to stay current on best practices for the care of the burn patient. The authors provide an update on the evaluation and management of burn injuries.

  • Acute Trauma Care in the Era of SARS-CoV-2

    COVID-19 has affected every aspect of medical care. The authors discuss modifications of trauma care to protect both patients and providers.

  • Venomous Bites

    Humans increasingly invade the environments of venomous creatures. The authors provide a review of venomous creatures and what acute care providers need to manage the patients affected by them.

  • Approaches to the Hemorrhaging Pediatric Trauma Patient

    Clinicians might be surprised to learn that after central nervous system injury, hemorrhage/hemorrhagic shock is the second most common injury complex resulting in death for pediatric trauma patients. A thorough understanding of subtle presentations and management is essential to improve the outcome for these children.

  • Drugs of Abuse in Trauma Patients Part II: Central Nervous System Depressants

    Drugs of abuse are commonly encountered in the trauma setting. Patient care may be affected by acute intoxication and chronic use of these substances. Central nervous system depressants can result in coma and respiratory depression in severe toxicity. The authors discuss common presentations, potential complications, and management of central nervous system depressants in the context of a trauma patient.
  • Stimulant-Based Drugs of Abuse in the Trauma Patient

    Substance abuse is a major healthcare issue with effects on all aspects of patient care, including trauma. A large percentage of trauma patients have a positive drug screen, and acute and chronic abuse have impacts both on the acute and long-term management of these patients. This report is the first of a two-part series and focuses on stimulants and substances with sympathomimetic properties, with particular attention to the impact on the trauma patient.

  • Blunt Abdominal Trauma

    Blunt abdominal trauma is commonly encountered in any acute care center. Prompt recognition, assessment, diagnostic evaluation, and disposition are critical aspects that must be a part of every clinician’s expertise.

  • Pediatric Drowning

    Pediatric drowning events are associated with consequences varying from transient pulmonary symptoms to devastating neurologic disability. All acute care providers need to be prepared to diagnose and effectively manage a child with this type of injury.

  • An Anatomical Review of Trauma to the Mouth and Throat

    Trauma to the mouth and throat is very common. Fortunately, the majority of the injuries are minor, but early and timely recognition of critical, potentially devastating injuries is essential. The authors provide a thorough review highlighting critical injuries and their management.