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

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At What Point In The Trauma Survey Should The FAST Examination Be Performed?

The Western Trauma Association recommends that an AP radiographic film precede FAST evaluation, whereas other groups do not prescribe a specific order for whether radiographic film or sonography should be performed first.55

Given the relative diagnostic accuracy of the FAST examination in the unstable patient and the first-line use in the unstable patient with blunt abdominal trauma, according to EAST 2011 Level I recommendations, rapid assessment for intra-abdominal hemorrhage can be made and immediate management strategies can be employed.71

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