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  1. 1. ATLS 8th Edition UPDATE, By: Fatma Al-Ghaithi
  2. 2. Difficult Airway <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to assess the patient’s airway before attempting intubation to predict the likely difficulty. </li></ul><ul><li>Factors which may predict difficulties with airway maneuvers include significant maxillofacial trauma, limited mouth opening and anatomical variation such as receding chin, overbite, or a short thick neck. </li></ul><ul><li>Use mnemonic LEMON (look, evaluate, mallampatti, obstruction, neck) </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edtion </li></ul>
  3. 3. LMA <ul><li>The LMA’s role in the resuscitation of the injured patient has not been defined </li></ul><ul><li>There is established role for the LMA in the management of a patient with a difficult airway, particularly if attempts at tracheal intubation or bag mask ventilation have failed. </li></ul><ul><li>The LMA does not provide definitive airway. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  4. 4. Airway Carbon Dioxide Detectors <ul><li>A CO2 detector (colorimetric CO2 monitoring device) is indicated to help confirm proper intubation </li></ul><ul><li>CO2 detector (ideally capnography but if not available by a colorimetric CO2 monitoring device) is indicated to help confirm proper intubation of the airway. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  5. 5. Laryngeal Tube Airway <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>The laryngeal tube airway (LTA) is an extraglottic airway device with similar capability to provide successful ventilation to the patient as that of the LMA. The LTA is not a definitive airway device and plans to provide a definitive airway must be implemented. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  6. 6. Gum Elastic Bougie <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>It is employed when vocal cords cannot be visualized on direct laryngoscopy. </li></ul><ul><li>In multiple operating room studies, successful intubation is seen at rates greater than 95% with bougie use. </li></ul><ul><li>In cases where potential cervical spine injury is suspected, Bougie aided intubation was successful in 100% of cases in less than 45s. </li></ul><ul><li>It allowed rapid intubation of nearly 80% of prehospital patients with difficult direct laryngoscopy. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  7. 7. Shock Crystalloid <ul><li>Warmed isotonic electrolyte solutions are used for initial resuscitation. </li></ul><ul><li>RL Is the initial fluid of choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Normal saline is the second choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Warmed isotonic solutions are used for initial resuscitation. </li></ul><ul><li>This type of fluid provides transient intravascular expansion and further stabilizes the vascular volume by replacing accompanying fluid losses into the interstitial and intracellular spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>An alternative initial fluid is hypertonic saline although current literature does not demonstrate any survival advantage. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Shock Fluid Resuscitation <ul><li>Initial fluid resuscitation based on the 4 ATLS classes of hemorrhage is presented. </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the patient’s response to fluid resuscitation and evidence of adequate end organ perfusion </li></ul><ul><li>Use of IV fluids is guided by the goal of restoring a normal BP. </li></ul><ul><li>If BP is raised rapidly before the hemorrhage has been definitely controlled, increased bleeding may occur. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In penetrating trauma with hemorrhage, delaying aggressive fluid resuscitation until definitive control may prevent additional bleeding </li></ul><ul><li>. A careful balanced approach with frequent reevaluation is required. </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing the goal of organ perfusion with the risks of rebleeding by accepting a lower than normal blood pressure has been called “Controlled resuscitation,” </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  10. 10. Angio-embolization and Definitive Control of Hemorrhage <ul><li>Angio-embolization described for hemodynamically abnormal pelvic fractures with negative diagnostic peritoneal lavage. </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to respond to crystalloid and blood administration in the emergency department dictates the need for immediate definitive intervention to control exsanguinating hemorrhage, (e.g. operation or angioembolization) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Treatment of Cardiac Tamponade <ul><li>Pericardiocentesis is described as the initial management of traumatic tamponade. </li></ul><ul><li>Acute cardiac tamponade due to trauma is best managed by thoracotomy . Pericardiocentesis may be used as a temporizing maneuver when thoracotomy is not an available option </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  12. 12. Base Deficit & Lactate <ul><li>Base deficit may be useful in determining the severity of the acute perfusion deficit </li></ul><ul><li>Base deficit and/or lactate can be useful in determining the presence and severity of shock. Serial measurement of these parameters can be used to monitor the response to therapy. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thoracic Trauma Treatment of Pneumothorax <ul><li>Observation and/or aspiration of a pneumothorax are risky </li></ul><ul><li>A pneumothorax is best treated with a chest tube (in the 4th or 5th intercostal space, just anterior to the midaxillary line). </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  14. 14. Emergency Department Thoracotomy <ul><li>Penetrating thoracic trauma patients with (PEA) may be candidates for resuscitative thoracotomy (RT). </li></ul><ul><li>Patients sustaining blunt injuries who arrive pulseless with myocardial electrical activity are not candidates for RT. </li></ul><ul><li>A patient sustaining a penetrating wound, who has required CPR in the prehospital setting should be evaluated for any signs of life. </li></ul><ul><li>If there are none and no cardiac electrical activity is present, no further resuscitative effort should be made. </li></ul><ul><li>Patients sustaining blunt injuries who (PEA .) are not candidates for resuscitative thoracotomy </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Multiple reports confirm that emergency department (ED) thoracotomy for patients with blunt trauma and cardiac arrest is rarely effective. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  16. 16. Blunt Traumatic Aortic Injury <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>Techniques of endovascular repair are rapidly evolving as an alternate approach for surgical repair of blunt traumatic aortic injury. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Abdomen Explosive Devices <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>Explosive devices cause injuries through several mechanisms. These include penetrating fragment wounds and blunt. </li></ul><ul><li>Patients close to the source of the explosion may have additional pulmonary or hollow viscus injuries related to blast pressure which may have delayed presentation. The potential for pressure injury should not distract the doctor from a systematic A, B, C approach to identification and treatment of the more common blunt and penetrating injuries . </li></ul>
  18. 18. Hemo-dynamically Abnormal Pelvic Fractures <ul><li>Describes management based on DPL and DPL Angiography-embolization. </li></ul><ul><li>The pelvis should be temporarily stabilized or “closed” using an available commercial compression device or sheet to decrease bleeding. </li></ul><ul><li>Intra-abdominal sources of hemorrhage must be excluded or treated operatively. Further decisions to control ongoing pelvic bleeding include angiographic embolization, surgical stabilization, or direct surgical control. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Head Trauma Classification and Head CT <ul><li>Mild brain injury defined as GCS14 –15. </li></ul><ul><li>CT is ideal in all patients except completely asymptomatic and neurologically normal </li></ul><ul><li>minor traumatic brain injury is GCS 13–15, with moderate changed to 9–12. </li></ul><ul><li>The Canadian CT Head Rule has been adopted as a guide to clarifying when CT scans of the head should be used. </li></ul>
  20. 20.   CT Head Rule is only required for patients with minor head injuries <ul><li>with any one of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>High risk (for neurological intervention) </li></ul><ul><li>● GCS score <15 at 2 h after injury </li></ul><ul><li>● Suspected open or depressed skull fracture </li></ul><ul><li>● Any sign of basal skull fracture (haemotympanum, ‘racoon’ eyes, </li></ul><ul><li>cerebrospinal fluid otorrhoea/rhinorrhoea, Battle’s sign) </li></ul><ul><li>● Vomiting two episodes </li></ul><ul><li>● Age 65 years </li></ul><ul><li>Medium risk (for brain injury on CT) </li></ul><ul><li>● Amnesia before impact >30 min </li></ul><ul><li>● Dangerous mechanism (pedestrian struck by motor vehicle, </li></ul><ul><li>occupant ejected from motor vehicle, fall from height >3 feet </li></ul><ul><li>or five stairs) </li></ul><ul><li>Minor head injury is defined as witnessed loss of consciousness, definite </li></ul><ul><li>amnesia, or witnessed disorientation in a patients with a GCS score of 13–15. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Penetrating Brain Injury <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>Objects that penetrate the intracranial compartment or infratemporal Fossa must be left in place until possible vascular injury has been evaluated and definitive neurosurgical management is established. Disturbing or removing penetrating objects prematurely may lead to fatal vascular injury or intracranial hemorrhage. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>More extensive wounds with nonviable scalp, bone, or dura are treated with careful debridement before primary closure or grafting to secure a watertight wound. </li></ul><ul><li>In patients with significant fragmentation of the skull, debridement of the cranial wound with opening or removing a portion of the skull is necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Significant mass effect is addressed by evacuating intracranial hematomas, and debridement of necrotic brain tissue and safely accessible bone fragments. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>In the absence of significant mass effect, surgical debridement of the missile track in the brain, routine surgical removal of fragments does not improve outcome and is not recommended. </li></ul><ul><li>Repair of open-air sinus injuries and CSF leaks that do not close spontaneously (or with temporary CSF diversion) is recommended, using careful watertight closure of the dura. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Blunt Carotid and Vertebral Vascular Injuries (BCVI) <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition </li></ul><ul><li>Blunt trauma to the head and neck has been recognized as a risk factor for carotid and vertebral arterial injuries. </li></ul><ul><li>Early recognition and treatment of these injuries may reduce the risk of stroke. </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested criteria for screening include: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) C1–3 # </li></ul><ul><li>(b) C spine # with subluxation </li></ul><ul><li>(c) # involving the foramun transversarium. Approximately 1/3 of these patients will have BCVI when imaged with CT angiography of the neck. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Steroids <ul><li>In North America high dose methyprednisolone is given to the patient with nonpenetrating spinal cord injury . . . is a currently accepted treatment </li></ul><ul><li>There is insufficient evidence to support the routine use of steroids in spinal cord injury at present. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  26. 26. CT Evaluation of the Cervical Spine <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition </li></ul><ul><li>CT may be used in lieu of plain images to evaluate the C Spine. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Atlantooccipital Dislocation <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition </li></ul><ul><li>Aids to identification of atlantooccipital dislocation on spine films including Power’s ratio are included in the spinal skills station. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Musculoskeletal Trauma and Extremity Trauma Tourniquet <ul><li>The judicious use of a pneumatic tourniquet may be helpful and lifesaving </li></ul><ul><li>The use of a tourniquet while controversial may occasionally be life and/or limb saving in the presence of ongoing hemorrhage uncontrolled by direct pressure. </li></ul><ul><li>A tourniquet must occlude arterial inflow , as occluding only the venous system can increase hemorrhage. </li></ul><ul><li>The risks of tourniquet use increase with time. If a tourniquet must remain in place for a prolonged period to save a life, the physician must be clear that the choice of life over limb has been made. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Compartment Syndrome <ul><li>A palpable distal pulse usually is present in compartment syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of a palpable distal pulse usually is an uncommon finding and should not be relied upon to diagnose a compartment syndrome. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Rectal Examination <ul><li>A rectal examination should be performed before inserting a urinary catheter </li></ul><ul><li>A rectal examination should be performed selectively before placing a urinary catheter. </li></ul><ul><li>8 th edition </li></ul>
  31. 31. Trauma in Women Restraints <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>Compared with restrained pregnant women involved in collisions, unrestrained pregnant women have a higher risk of premature delivery and fetal death. </li></ul>
  32. 32. trauma in women Airbags <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>There does not appear to be any increase in pregnancy-specific risks from deployment of airbags in motor vehicles. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Pediatric trauma Abdominal Imaging CT <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>The presence of a splenic blush on CT with IV contrast does not mandate exploration, and the decision to operate continues to be based on the amount of blood lost as well as abnormal physiologic parameters. </li></ul>
  34. 34. pediatric trauma Abdominal Imaging,, FAST <ul><li>Few studies on the efficacy of US in the child with abdominal injury have been reported. The role of abdominal US in children remains to be defined. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of (FAST) in the injured child is rapidly evolving. </li></ul><ul><li>If large amounts of intraabdominal blood are found, significant injury is certain to be present. However, even in these patients, operative management is indicated by hemodynamic abnormality and its response to treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>FAST is incapable of identifying isolated intraparenchymal injuries, which account for up to 1/3 of solid organ injuries in children. </li></ul>
  35. 35. pediatric trauma Abdominal Bruising <ul><li>This content was not included in the 7th edition. </li></ul><ul><li>The incidence of intraabdominal injury is significantly higher if abdominal wall bruising is observed during the primary or secondary survey. </li></ul>
  36. 36. conclusion <ul><li>There is little evidence at present, other than case reports and expert opinion, to support and guide current practice in disaster medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>However, case reports of recent mass casualty events involving physical trauma, systematic review of previous reports have all been helpful in developing the rationale for current approaches to the medical and surgical response to injured patients in disasters. </li></ul>
  37. 37. REFERENCE <ul><li>The Journal of TRAUMA Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 2008;64:1638 –1650. </li></ul>