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Trauma Care: Initial Assessment and Management in the Emergency Department

Elaine Cole (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-0952-2
296 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The often complex problems of the trauma patient present many challenges to front line emergency staff. Multiple injuries involving many systems of the body require careful and timely prioritisation and intervention in the emergency department. Trauma Care provides emergency nurses with a practical guide to the systematic assessment and management of trauma patients, equipping them with the clinical knowledge and practical skills necessary to initially assess and care for the trauma patient in the emergency department trauma environment.


Trauma Care explores the concept of trauma assessment, focusing on patient priorities and interprofessional trauma team working. Individual chapters look at the essential assessment and management issues for each system of the body and specific age related complications. Emphasis is placed on key patient priorities, with acknowledgement to the common pitfalls in initial trauma care. This text will be essential for all emergency nurses, and those working in the emergency department.

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1. Introduction.

2. Mechanism of Injury.

3. Initial Assessment and Resuscitation of the Trauma Patient in the Emergency Department.

4. Head Injuries.

5. Chest Injuries.

6. Spinal Cord Injuries.

7. Abdominal Injuries.

8. Pelvic Injuries.

9. Extremity Injuries.

10. Maxillofacial Injuries.

11. Burns.

12. Special Population Considerations

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Elaine Cole is a Lecturer-Practitioner in Accident & Emergency/Trauma at St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery and Barts and the London NHS Trust, London
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  • Part of the Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses series
  • Provides emergency nurses and emergency care practitioners with the skills and knowledge to assess and manage trauma patients and provide safe, effective care
  • The first UK text to explore trauma assessment for nurses
  • Provides evidence-based guidelines in the context of latest developments in the field of trauma care
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“I believe this book will be an invaluable resource for even the most skilled practitioner.” (Doody's Reviews, May 2009)
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