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Stabilization In The Emergency Department

Important historical information may be obtained from family members, bystanders, and emergency medical services personnel. Environmental observations, such as a building collapse or explosion may suggest an increased risk of orthopedic trauma or viscera injury secondary to barotrauma. Confirmation that a fire occurred in a closed space or the knowledge that several unconscious victims were involved may heighten the suspicion of associated carbon monoxide poisoning or indicate that other noxious chemicals may have been liberated from plastics, textiles, or furniture.

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