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

Diagnostic Studies

Laboratory Studies

A complete blood count, electrolyte panel, coagulation studies, blood type and screen, lactic acid, and blood gas to assess pH and base excess should be drawn. If history dictates other preceding events (such as syncope, chest pain, or seizure), additional laboratory studies may also be ordered to further guide management. Additionally, according to recent American College of Surgeons recommendations, alcohol levels should be drawn in “a majority of trauma patients,” given the high incidence of alcohol-related trauma and an association with high-energy-mechanism injuries.

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