Brave Days and Wild Nights: The Perils and Pitfalls of Trauma Resuscitation

This presentation reviews the overall approach to the immediate identification, assessment and management of actual and/or potentially life-threatening complications that can occur during adult multisystem trauma resuscitation. Trauma team performance, dynamics amongst team members, and preparing for the unexpected are highlighted in this session. [75 minutes]

Key Content

  • The Trauma Resuscitation Experience: Creating the "Perfect Storm" -  Competing Demands, Changing Priorities, and Failing to See the "Big Picture"
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS): Guiding Principles - ATLS Primary Survey, ATLS Secondary Survey
  • Trauma Team Dynamics and Performance
  • Trauma Patients, Surveys and Algorithms: Not a Perfect Match
  • The Perils and Pitfalls of Trauma Resuscitation: The Difficult Airway, Obstructive Shock in Trauma, IV Fluid Resuscitation (To Over- or Under-Resuscitate?), Hemorrhagic Shock and Exsanguination, Cardiac Arrest in Trauma
  • Strategies for Minimizing Complications, Errors and Adverse Events