Trauma: A systematic approach to management

Juan A. Asensio, J. M. Barton, L. A. Wonsetler, N. R. Thomford

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Initial care of the trauma victim begins at the scene of the accident, where the 'load and go' principle is applied. A systematic approach to management of the trauma victim improves patient outcome. After insertion of an airway and stabilization of the spine, hemorrhage is treated and volume is replaced. At this point, invasive techniques, such as chest tube insertion, peritoneal lavage and pericardiocentesis, may be therapeutic as well as diagnostic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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Asensio, J. A., Barton, J. M., Wonsetler, L. A., & Thomford, N. R. (1988). Trauma: A systematic approach to management. American Family Physician, 38(3), 97-112.