Critical Primary Survey Injuries

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The primary survey as established by the advanced trauma life support protocol includes a directed history and physical exam aimed at the rapid diagnosis of life-threatening thoracic injuries. Most of these injuries can and should be found and treated during the initial evaluation of the patient without the need for additional diagnostic studies. In this article we review the role of the primary survey in the diagnosis and treatment of major thoracic injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-7
Number of pages2
JournalSeminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • advanced trauma life support protocol
  • thoracic trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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