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<< The Focused Assessment With Sonography For Trauma (FAST) Examination And Pelvic Trauma: Indications And Limitations (Trauma CME)

Prehospital Care

In the prehospital assessment and extrication of patients, EMS personnel should collect any pertinent bystander history. Knowledge about the details of the scene and mechanism of injury (ie, tripping on low-lying furniture at home, severity of car impact, airbag deployment, amount of blood noted at the scene, ejection from vehicle) and the patient disposition during the incident (ie, loss of consciousness, intoxication, seat-belt use) may help to guide management and alert the provider to keep a higher index of suspicion for injury.

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