Take Home Points
- Development of a systematic approach is essential to rapidly assessing the wide diversity of trauma patients and minimizes missed injures
- Prepare with whatever information is available before the patient arrives and remember to get a good handoff from the pre-hospital team
- Complete the primary survey (ABCDEs) and address immediate life threats
- Round out your assessment with a good medical history and remember to complete a comprehensive head-to-toe exam
Shlamovitz GZ, et al. Poor test characteristics for the digital rectal examination in trauma patients. Ann Emerg Med. 2007;50(1):25-33, 33.e1. PMID: 17391807
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