Trauma Quick Study

This home study activity is a case-based review of best practices for assessment and management of trauma patients presenting to acute care facilities that do not have special trauma certification and trauma resources.

There are 7 video modules in the activity.

1. Pediatric abdominal trauma – Describe pathophysiology of pediatric blunt abdominal trauma and how it relates to the assessment and treatment of pediatric blunt abdominal trauma.

2. Head trauma – Describe key demographic and incident rates of acute head trauma and outline best practices for assessment, diagnostic evaluation, and management for common head injury presentations

3. Neck trauma – Describe common neck and spinal cord injuries particularly in high-risk patient populations along with best practices for assessment and clinical management.

4. Obstetric trauma – The physiology, assessment, and management of obstetric trauma patients is complex and the information and skills necessary to provide best practice cover is presented.

5. Thoracic trauma – Thoracic trauma is very common and often under triaged resulting in presentation to non-trauma acute care facilities.  Providers need to be prepared to assess, manage, and disposition acute thoracic trauma using current best practices

6. Vascular trauma – Describe common vascular trauma pathophysiology, assessment, and management best practices for clinical providers working outside of a trauma center.

7. Orbital trauma – Present the best practices of ocular trauma assessment and management including vision rescuing emergency procedures.


Target Audience

Physicians, APP providers, RNs

Learning Objectives

a.  Employ evidence-based decision to outline key physical exam findings, to guide laboratory and imaging evaluations for pediatric blunt abdominal patients

b.  Demonstrate imaging decisions, airway management for patients with head injuries using evidence-based criteria

c.  Apply PECARN criteria to determine clinical decision making for pediatric head injury patient.

d.  Explain risk stratifying patients presenting with acute neck injuries using published criteria and differentiate spinal cord injuries based on clinical presentation

e.  Demonstrate competence regarding physiologic and anatomic changes and selection of diagnostic testing impacting the care of pregnant trauma patients

f.   Competency regarding selection of diagnostic testing for pregnant trauma 

g.  Explain treat various pneumothorax presentations using current standard of care procedures and common thoracic trauma pain management treatment options

h.  Explain best practice uses of torniquets to manage penetrating vascular trauma and diagnostic evaluation to determine need for surgical consultation and disposition

i.   Define ocular compartment syndrome and orbital wall fractures including physical exam findings, emergency treatment options, and procedural technique to perform emergency canthotomy

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Participation
  • 1.50 Satisfactory Completion
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Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Participation
  • 1.50 Satisfactory Completion


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