Initial Management Priorities: Beyond ABCDE

  • Alec C. Beekley


Multiple casualties have arrived. You can hear more Blackhawks landing on the helipad outside. The first casualty has rolled into the next trauma bed after being assigned to your colleague by the triage officer. You notice exposed brain bulging from a jagged hole in the frontal bone. Omentum hangs from wound on his left flank. The left lower extremity is missing from about mid-thigh – two tourniquets are in place side by side. The area around the litter is a bustle of activity.


Hemorrhage Source Tension Pneumothorax Surgical Airway Hide Blood Loss Combat Casualty 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Madigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA

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