Pitfalls in the evaluation and resuscitation of the trauma patient.

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 28(1):1 (2010) PMID 19945596

The management of the trauma patient presents the practitioner with a host of challenges, and the pace, variety of venues, and multidisciplinary nature of the field combine to create a system complexity that is laden with potential pitfalls. This review summarizes some of the general principles of medical errors and examines some of the more common pitfalls encountered in the initial resuscitation and evaluation of the major trauma patient.

DOI: 10.1016/j.emc.2009.10.001