Trauma Protocol (ABCDE)

  • Christina Rosenlund


Systematic evaluation and re-evaluation of the patient following the ABCDE principles will diminish the risk of overlooking injuries in the patient. Primary focus in the first 5 min is to discover the most critical injuries. The secondary survey is more thorough and will reveal the injuries causing problems later.


Pulse Oximetry Laryngeal Mask Airway Cardiac Tamponade Cricoid Pressure Tension Pneumothorax 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryOdense University HospitalOdenseDK

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