9 Laws of Trauma

  1. “Any anomaly in your trauma patient is due to trauma, no matter how unlikely it may seem.”
  2. “Your trauma patient is bleeding to death until you prove otherwise. “
  3. “The only place an unstable trauma patient can go is to the OR.”
  4. “Even awake, alert, and stable patients die. And it hurts that much more when they do.”
  5. “A previously healthy child who is in arrest, or nearly so, is a victim of child abuse until proven otherwise.”
  6. “Always look at the image yourself.”
  7. “Your patient is at their healthiest as they roll in through the emergency department door”
  8. “Read the entire paper!”
  9. “Question everything!”


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