This guideline provides guidance on the assessment and management of major trauma, including resuscitation following major blood loss associated with trauma. For the purposes of this guideline, major trauma is defined as an injury or a combination of injuries that are life-threatening and could be life changing because it may result in long-term disability. This guideline covers both the pre-hospital and immediate hospital care of major trauma patients but does not include any management after definitive lifesaving intervention. It has been developed for health practitioners and professionals, patients and carers and commissioners of health services.
The key clinical areas are:
Pre-hospital management of chest trauma
Hospital management of chest trauma
Management of haemorrhage
Management of shock
Documentation and transfer of information
Information and support
Skills to be present in the multidisciplinary team.
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