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SYMPOSIUM ON TRENDS IN TRAUMA
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44-50

Advances in prehospital trauma care


1 Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, #359724, 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
2 Emergency and Trauma Anesthesia and King County Medic One, University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, #359724, 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Correspondence Address:
Andreas Grabinsky
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, #359724, 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.79281

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Prehospital trauma care developed over the last decades parallel in many countries. Most of the prehospital emergency medical systems relied on input or experiences from military medicine and were often modeled after the existing military procedures. Some systems were initially developed with the trauma patient in mind, while other systems were tailored for medical, especially cardiovascular, emergencies. The key components to successful prehospital trauma care are the well-known ABCs of trauma care: Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Establishing and securing the airway, ventilation, fluid resuscitation, and in addition, the quick transport to the best-suited trauma center represent the pillars of trauma care in the field. While ABC in trauma care has neither been challenged nor changed, new techniques, tools and procedures have been developed to make it easier for the prehospital provider to achieve these goals in the prehospital setting and thus improve the outcome of trauma patients.


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