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How do paramedics evaluate a trauma patient?

Dr. David C. Fiore, MD
Family Practitioner

Evaluating a trauma patient can be very complex. Paramedics are trained to assess a trauma patient following these key steps:

  • In the first few seconds, they check for immediate life-threatening injuries.
  • If you have one, they will do their best to stabilize you and get you ready to be moved to an emergency department or trauma center.
  • If your injuries are not immediately life threatening, the paramedics will most likely examine you further. They will look for injuries that can be managed on the scene. 
  • They report your condition to the team at the emergency department.

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