The Patient with Severe Trauma

  • Martin W. DünserEmail author
  • Daniel Dankl


The history of events yields important information on potential risk factors for severe trauma. Similarly, the mechanism of injury provides comprehensive and invaluable clues which injuries to suspect in a severe trauma patient. Finally, a structured “head-to-toe” examination allows for rapid and reliable recognition of the vast majority of life-threatening injuries. As few other systematic physical examinations in the critically ill, the “head-to-toe” examination in the severe trauma patient must be done in a structured fashion, as the conditions under which it is generally performed are adverse and often stressful (Tables 16.1, 16.2, and 16.4 and Figs. 16.2, 16.3, 16.4, 16.5, 16.6, 16.7, 16.8, and 16.9).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care MedicineKepler University Hospital, Johannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and General Intensive CareSalzburg University Hospital and Paracelsus Private Medical UniversitySalzburgAustria

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