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 care 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 tools to outline key physical exam findings and guide laboratory and imaging evaluations for pediatric blunt abdominal trauma patients

b.  Demonstrate knowledge of imaging decisions and airway management considerations for patients with head injuries using evidence-based criteria

c.  Apply PECARN criteria to aid clinical decision making for pediatric head injury patients

d.  Explain how to risk stratify 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 the selection of diagnostic testing impacting the care of pregnant trauma patients

f.   Competency regarding selection of diagnostic testing for pregnant trauma patients 

g.  Explain how to 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 the diagnostic evaluation to determine the need for surgical consultation and disposition

i.   Define ocular compartment syndrome and orbital wall fractures including physical exam findings, emergency treatment options, and the procedural technique to perform an 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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Orion Colfer, MD, FACEP
Dr. Colfer is the National Director of Patient Experience. Previously, Dr. Colfer has served as Vice President, USACS since 2007. He has been a site director, and he was part of the team that developed the Patient Satisfaction Academy and the Efficiency Academy. Dr. Colfer has served as faculty for the Provider Engagement and Patient Experience Academy since its inception. He is integrally involved in USACS provider and leadership development.


Dr. Colfer stated he has no relationship with a ACCME defined ineligible company.

ACCME defines an ineligible company as any company producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

“The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

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


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