Trauma focused educational miniseries produced for health care clinicians involved in the care of major trauma patients in Victoria. Each episode brings evidence based information through discussions with trauma experts on pertinent topics for trauma care. The series is produced on behalf of Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with State Trauma Committee.
Traumatic Limb Injuries
Limbs can often be involved in traumatic injuries from accidents in the workplace or farming for example. They can have a devastating impact on not only the patient but on bystanders. Today Danielle speaks to Mr Andrew Oppy, Lead Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to discuss how to approach the trauma patient with a significant extremity injury and provides some great insight into management of the affected limb. Current at date of publication 26/10/2020.
As with all trauma care, an organised approach to patient assessment is essential: ensuring life threatening injuries are identified and the patient is stabilised is the priority. Facial injuries that are not affecting the airway or causing life threatening haemorrhage can be assessed as part of the secondary survey, no matter how disfiguring the injuries may appear. Today we are joined by Alf Nastri, Head of the Maxillofacial department at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Haemorrhage is a major contributor to mortality in the pelvic trauma patient, and a large number of these patients go on to have other associated injuries. Today we are joined by Dr George Plunkett, Emergency Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to discuss the assessment, identification of injuries and management of pelvic trauma patients including George's tips for ensuring good pelvic binder control. Current at date of publication 28/09/2020.
Thoracic Trauma Management
Thoracic trauma is a common injury in the multi-trauma patient and a significant cause of mortality. Life threatening injuries identified in the primary survey need to be addressed at the time before moving on to the secondary survey. In this episode Danielle is joined by Mr Phillip Antippa, Cardiothoracic surgeon and Head of Thoracic Surgery Service at Royal Melbourne Hospital to discuss early identification & management of traumatic chest injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Early management of traumatic brain injury incorporates minimising secondary brain injury by avoiding periods of hypoxia, hypotension and applying management principles to support the injured brain. In this podcast we are joined by Prof Kate Drummond, Director of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to discuss one of the most common and significant causes of morbidity and mortality in Australia. Current at date of publication 08/08/2020.
Hypothermia in Trauma
Trauma patients are predisposed to hypothermia for a variety of reasons. Patients who remain hypothermic are at risk of developing serious sequalae such as acidosis and coagulopathy resulting in an increased risk of mortality.
Today we are chatting with Dr Sharyn Ireland, a Clinical Nurse Educator at The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre about complications and management of the hypothermic major trauma patient.