Sometimes we are way too focused. Commonly, trauma professionals will look at a lab result / image / patient / etc and only see what they are looking for.
Here’s an exercise to help you break out of that trap. I want you to look at this image and make a list of all the non-trivial things you see and think about that are pertinent to the case. Like “there is a knife in, on, or under the patient” and not like “the patient has ribs.”
Tomorrow, I’ll go over my list of 16 items. See if you can find them all, or more! On Thursday, I’ll explain how I figured out each item. Good luck!
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By popular demand, here’s our short (8 minute) humorous video on the basics of the extended FAST exam. Courtesy of Michael Zwank MD from Regions Hospital. From Trauma Education: The Next Generation 2014.