Goals and Objectives


  • Resident will be comfortable with initial evaluation and basic management of trauma patients


  • Resident will list and describe each step of the trauma primary survey
    • Airway and c-spine protection
    • Breathing and ventilation
    • Circulation and hemorrhage control
    • Disability
    • Exposure
  • Resident will list and describe potential procedures/interventions performed during the primary survey and their indications, including:
    • Intubation
    • Cricothyrotomy
    • Chest tube insertion
    • Thoracotomy
    • Massive transfusion protocol
    • Central venous access
    • FAST exam
  • Resident will be able to define and describe “damage control resuscitation”
  • Resident will be able to describe the steps of the secondary survey
  • Resident will be able to list “hard signs” for emergent operative management of each of the following:
    • Head trauma
    • Neck trauma, penetrating
    • Thoracic trauma, blunt
    • Thoracic trauma, penetrating
    • Abdominal trauma, blunt
    • Abdominal trauma, penetrating
    • Pelvic trauma
    • Extremity trauma
Page Author: Eric Shappell
Page Created: December 6, 2014
Peer Reviewer: Mike Gottlieb
Peer Review Date: July 23, 2016
Last Modified: July 23, 2016