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Blunt Abdominal Trauma: Current Concepts

A 64-year-old female is brought to your emergency department (ED) after having been struck by a car at five miles per hour. She is complaining of left lateral chest wall...
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Course Authors

John R. Richards, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.

Dr. Richards is Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California.

Dr. Richards reports no commercial conflict of interest.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the current role of ultrasonography (FAST) in the triage of blunt trauma patients.

  • Discuss the interpretation of abnormal findings on FAST and implications.

  • Discuss the therapeutic approaches to managing patients with blunt abdominal injuries and their disposition.

  • Discuss the diagnostic options in subgroups such as pregnant, obese, and pediatric patients.



The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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