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Lesson 3.3: Focused History and Physical Exam: Trauma

Objectives[edit | edit source]

By the end of this lesson, the EMT-Basic should be able to:

  1. Discuss the reasons for reconsideration concerning the mechanism of injury.
  2. State the reasons for performing a rapid trauma assessment.
  3. Recite examples and explain why patients should receive a rapid trauma assessment.
  4. Describe the areas included in the rapid trauma assessment and discuss what should be evaluated.
  5. Differentiate when the rapid assessment may be altered in order to provide patient care.
  6. Discuss the reason for performing a focused history and physical exam.
  7. Recognize and respect the feelings that patients might experience during assessment.
  8. Demonstrate the rapid trauma assessment that should be used to assess a patient based on their mechanism of injury.