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KEPERAWATAN TRAUMA Trauma is defined by the American Heritage
Dictionary as a wound, especially one
produced by sudden physical injury. (Mifflin,
Injury is defined by the National Committee
for Injury Prevention and Control as
unintentional or intentional damage to the
body resulting from acute exposure to
thermal, mechanical, electrical, or chemical
energy or from the absence of such essentials
as heat or oxygen. (National Safety

Trauma is mechanical damage to the body
caused by an external force. The trauma
patient has been defined as an injured
person who requires timely diagnosis and
treatment of actual or potential injuries by a
multidisciplinary team of health care
professionals, supported by the appropriate
resources, to diminish or eliminate the risk of
death or permanent disability.(Hildreth,


Injury: Scale of the Global Problem Trauma

Leading cause of death < 44 years of
5.8 million deaths/year age

Source: Global Burden of Disease, WHO, 2004

10% of worlds deaths
32% more deaths than HIV, TB and
Third cause of death in all age
Malaria combined groups (in 2020 may be second
cause of death)
3.2 million deaths and 312 million
patients seek medical attention
worldwide (1990)
Lost life years, disability
Major socio-economic problem

One of three deaths occurred in
hospital as a result of injury could be
Often avoidable factors include simple
management errors in the early stages
(golden hour), rather than a failure of
complex definitive treatment (Royal
College of surgeons of England, 1988)


PRINSIP MANAJEMEN KEGAWATDARURATAN PADA TRAUMA Prinsip Manajemen Kegawatdaruratan Pada Trauma Lanjut

F = Folley Catheter
A : Airway + Cervical Control
(kontra indikasi: Ruptur uretra)
B : Breathing + Ventilation Tanda:
C : Circulation + Hemorrhagic Control Keluar darah dr orifisium uretra eksterna
Hematoma di skrotum/supra simphisis
D : Disability Rectal touse: prostat melayang
E : Exposure + Hypothermia G = Gastric Tube
H = Heart Monitor and Pulse Oksimetri

Intensive Care (Perawatan Intensif)

Proses Keperawatan memerelukan pemantauan terus

Critical Care ( Perawatan Kritis/ Gawat)

Proses Keperawatan keadaan klien gawat

Ruangan Khusus untuk pelayanan dan asuhan

keperawatan yang efektif

Dilengkapi dengan alat-alat,

fasilitas khusus dan tenaga terlatih



Critical Care
Lost life years
Situasi serius
Tiba-tiba, tidak dapat diduga
Mengancam/cenderung mengancam kehidupan 40

Tindakan cepat dan tepat
Proses Keperawatan
Sama dengan sistem di ruangan lain 10

Beda: 0
Trauma Cancer Cardio vascular
Waktu terbatas mengancam kehidupan
Informasi terbatas Pengkajian tidak harus lengkap Claire Merrick et. al. Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Mosby, 2003

Mechanisms of Injury
Treatment price Blunt Trauma
Compression Forces
Cells in tissues are compressed and crushed
E.g. Spleen
Shear Forces
Acceleration/Deceleration Injury
E.g. Aorta
Shearing force = Spectrum from Full thickness tear
(Exsanguination) to Partial tear (Pseudoaneurysm)
100 Body cavity compressed at a rate faster than the tissue
around it, resulting in rupture of the closed space
51 E.g. Plastic bag
Trauma Cancer Cardio vascular
E.g. in trauma = diaphragmatic rupture, bladder injury

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Mechanisms of Injury Basics of Trauma Assessment

Frontal Impact Collisions Team Assembly
Lateral Impact Collisions (T bone) Equipment Check
Rear Impact Collisions Triage
Sort patients by level of acuity (SATS)
Rollover Mechanism (flickr)

Primary Survey
Open Vehicle or Motorcycle/Moped Designed to identify injuries that are immediately life threatening and to treat
Pedestrian Vs. Car them as they are identified
Penetrating Injury (Guns vs. Knives) Resuscitation
Rapid procedures and treatment to treat injuries found in primary survey
before completing the secondary survey
Vincent J Brown (flickr) Secondary Survey
Full History and Physical Exam to evaluate for other traumatic injuries
Monitoring and Evaluation, Secondary adjuncts
Transfer to Definitive Care
ICU, Ward, Operating Theatre, Another facility

Juicyrai (flickr) Knockhill (flickr)

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Nxtiak (flickr)

Preparation for Patient Arrival Primary Survey

Airway and Protection of Spinal Cord
Breathing and Ventilation
Organize Trauma
Response Team Disability
Exposure and Control of the Environment

Top and bottom images:
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Primary Survey Airway and Protection of Spinal Cord

Why first in the algorithm?
Key Principles Loss of airway can result in death in < 3 minutes
Prolonged hypoxia = Inadequate perfusion, End-organ damage
When you find a problem during the
Airway Assessment
primary survey, FIX IT. Vital Signs = RR, O2 sat
Mental Status = Agitation, Somnolent, Coma
If the patient gets worse, restart from the Airway Patency = Secretions, Stridor, Obstruction
beginning of the primary survey Traumatic Injury above the clavicles
Ventilation Status = Accessory muscle use, Retractions, Wheezing
Some critical patients in the Emergency Clinical Pearls
Department may not progress beyond Patients who are speaking normally generally do not have a need
for immediate airway management
the primary survey Hoarse or weak voice may indicate a subtle tracheal or laryngeal
Noisy respirations frequently indicates an obstructed respiratory
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Airway Interventions Protection of Spinal Cord

General Principle: Protect the entire spinal cord until injury has been
excluded by radiography or clinical physical exam in patients with
Maintenance of Airway Patency potential spinal cord injury.
Suction of Secretions Dept. of the Army, Wikimedia Commons
Spinal Protection
Chin Lift/Jaw thrust Rigid Cervical Spinal Collar = Cervical Spine
Nasopharyngeal Airway Long rigid spinal board or immobilization on flat surface such as
stretcher = T/L Spine
Definitive Airway Etiology of Spinal Cord Injury (U.S.)
Airway Support Road Traffic Accidents (47%)
Oxygen High energy falls (23%)
NRBM (100%) Ignis, Wikimedia Commons
Clinical Pearls
Bag Valve Mask Treatment (Immobilization) before diagnosis
Return head to neutral position
Definitive Airway Do not apply traction
Definitive Airway Diagnosis of spinal cord injury should not precede resuscitation
Endotracheal Intubation Motor vehicle crashes and falls are most commonly associated with
In-line cervical stabilization spinal cord injuries
Surgical Crichothyroidotomy Main focus = Prevention of further injury

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's

Mate 2nd Class Timothy Smith,
Wikimedia Commons 23 24


C-spine Immobilization Breathing and Ventilation

General Principle: Adequate gas exchange is required to
Return head to neutral position maximize patient oxygenation and carbon dioxide elimination
Breathing/Ventilation Assessment:
Maintain in-line stabilization Exposure of chest
General Inspection
Correct size collar application Tracheal Deviation
Accessory Muscle Use
Blocks/tape Absence of spontaneous breathing
Paradoxical chest wall movement
Sandbags Auscultation to assess for gas exchange
Equal Bilaterally
Diminished or Absent breath sounds
Deviated Trachea
Broken ribs
Injuries to chest wall

James Heilman, MD, Wikimedia Commons
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Breathing and Ventilation Breathing and Ventilation

Identify Life Threatening Injuries Hemothorax
Tension Pneumothorax Blood collecting in the pleural space and is
Air trapping in the pleural space common after penetrating and blunt chest
between the lung and chest wall trauma
Sufficient pressure builds up and
pressure to compress the lungs and Source of bleeding = Lung, Chest wall
shift the mediastinum (intercostal arteries), heart, great vessels
Delldot (wikimedia)
Physical exam (Aorta), Diaphragm
Absent breath sounds Physical Exam
Air hunger
Absent or diminished breath sounds
Distended neck veins
Tracheal shift Dullness to percussion over chest
Author unknown, Hemodynamic instability
Needle Decompression n/images/C11/
Treatment = Large Caliber Tube Thoracostomy
2nd Intercostal space, Midclavicular line 10-20% of cases will require Thoracostomy for control of bleeding
Tube Thoracostomy
5th Intercostal space, Anterior axillary
Author unknown,
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Breathing and Ventilation Breathing and Ventilation

Flail Chest Open Pneumothorax
Direct injury to the chest resulting in an Sucking Chest Wound
unstable segment of the chest wall that moves
separately from remainder of thoracic cage Large defect of chest wall
Typically results from two or more fractures on Leads to rapid equilibration of
2 or more ribs Author unknown, atmospheric and intrathoracic pressure
Typically accompanied by a pulmonary
Impairs oxygenation and ventilation
contusion 902/

Physical exam = paradoxical movement of chest Initial Treatment

segment Three sided occlusive dressing
/flail_chest_wounded.gif Treatment = improve abnormalities in gas Provides a flutter valve effect
Early intubation for patients with respiratory Chest tube placement remote to site of
distress wound
Avoidance of overaggressive fluid resuscitation Avoid complete dressing, will create a
tension pneumothorax
Middle and bottom images:
Author unknown,
Author unknown, http://www.surgical- 29 rationalMedicine/DATA/operationalmed/Pro 30
home.htm?specialities/cardiothoracic/chest_trauma cedures/TreataSuckingChestWound.htm

Needle Thoracostomy Tube Thoracostomy

Insertion site
5th intercostal space,
Anterior axillary line
Sterile prep, anesthesia with lidocaine
2-3 cm incision along rib margin with #10 blade
Dissect through subcutaneous tissues to rib margin
Needle Thoracostomy Puncture the pleura over the rib
Advance chest tube with clamp and direct posteriorly and
Midclavicular line apically
Observe for fogging of chest tube, blood output
Suture the tube in place
14 gauge angiocath Complications of Chest Tube Placement
Injury to intercostal nerve, artery, vein
Over the 2nd rib Author unknown,
Injury to lung
Injury to mediastinum
Rush of air is heard rary/chest0051a.jpg

Allergic reaction to lidocaine
Inappropriate placement of chest tube

Author unknown,

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Circulation Circulation
Impaired tissue perfusion Types of Shock in Trauma
Tissue oxygenation is inadequate to meet metabolic demand Hemorrhagic
Prolonged shock state leads to multi-organ system failure and cell Assume hemorrhagic shock in all trauma patients until proven
death otherwise
Clinical Signs of Shock Results from Internal or External Bleeding
Altered mental status Obstructive
Tachycardia (HR > 100) = Most common sign
Cardiac Tamponade
Arterial Hypotension (SBP < 120) Tension Pneumothorax
Femoral Pulse SBP > 80
Radial Pulse SBP > 90 Neurogenic
Carotid Pulse SBP > 60 Spinal Cord injury
Inadequate Tissue Perfusion Sources of Bleeding
Pale skin color
Cool clammy skin Chest
Delayed cap refill (> 3 seconds)
Altered LOC Abdomen
Decreased Urine Output (UOP < 0.5 mL/kg/hr) Pelvis
Bilateral Femur Fractures
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Circulation Circulation
Emergency Nursing Treatment
Two Large IV Lines Pericardial Tamponade
Cardiac Monitor
Blood Pressure Monitoring Pericardium or sac around heart fills with
General Treatment Principles blood due to penetrating or blunt injury to
Stop the bleeding Pericardium chest
Apply direct pressure
Temporarily close scalp lacerations Blood Becks Triad
Close open-book pelvic fractures
Abdominal pelvic binder/bed sheet Distended jugular veins
Restore circulating volume Hypotension
Crystalloid Resuscitation (2L)
Administer Blood Products Muffled heart sounds
Immobilize fractures Treatment
Responders vs. Nonresponders
Transient response to volume resuscitation = sign of ongoing blood loss Epicardium Rapid evacuation of pericardial space
Non-responders = consider other source for shock state or operating room Performed through a pericardiocentesis
for control of massive hemorrhage (temporizing measure)
Open thoracotomy

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Pericardiocentesis Circulation
Puncture the skin 1-2 cm inferior to xiphoid process
45/45/45 degree angle A word about cardiac arrest . . .
Advance needle to tip of left scapula Care of the trauma patient in
Withdraw on needle during advance of needle cardiac arrest
Preferable under ultrasound guidance or EKG lead V CPR
attachment Bilateral Tube Thoracostomy
Complications Pericardiocentesis
Aspiration of ventricular blood Volume Resuscitation
Laceration of coronary arteries, veins,
Traumatic cardiac arrest due to
Author unknown,
Cardiac arrhythmia
blunt injury has very low survival
est0054_thumb.jpg Pneumothorax
rate (< 1%)
No point for emergency thoracotomy
Puncture of esophagus
Puncture of peritoneum Selected cases of cardiac arrest due
Author unknown,
to penetrating traumatic injury may benefit from emergent
046.jpg thoracotomy
Pericardial tamponade
Cross clamp aorta
Author unknown,
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Disability Glasgow Coma Scale

Disability GCS 8
Baseline Neurologic Exam Eye
Spontaneously opens 4
Pupillary Exam To verbal command 3
Dilated pupil suggests transtentorial herniation on ipsilateral side To pain 2
AVPU Scale No response 1

Alert Best Motor Response

Responds to verbal stimulation Obeys verbal commands 6
Localizes to pain 5
Responds to pain
Withdraws from pain 4
Unresponsive Flexion to pain (Decorticate Posturing) 3
Gross Neurological Exam Extremity Movement Extension to pain (Decerebrate Posturing) 2
Equal and symmetric No response 1
Normal gross sensation Verbal Response
Glasgow Coma Scale: 3-15 Oriented/Conversant 5
Disoriented/Confused 4
Rectal Exam Inappropriate words 3
Normal Rectal Tone Incomprehensible words 2
Note: If intubation prior to neuro assessment, consider quick No response 1

neuro assessment to determine degree of injury

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Disability Disability
Key Principles
Precise diagnosis is not necessary at this point in Cervical Spinal Clearance
Patients must be alert and oriented to person,
Prevention of further injury and identification of
neurologic injury is the goal place and time
Decreased level of consciousness = Head injury until No neurological deficits
proven otherwise
Maintenance of adequate cerebral perfusion is key Not clinically intoxicated with alcohol or drugs
to prevention of further brain injury Non-tender at all spinous processes
Adequate oxygenation
Avoid hypotension No distracting injuries
Involve neurosurgeon early for clear intracranial Painless range of motion of neck

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Exposure Exposure
Remove all clothing
Examine for other signs of injury
Injuries cannot be diagnosed until seen by provider
Logroll the patient to examine patients back
Maintain cervical spinal immobilization
Palpate along thoracic and lumbar spine
Minimum of 3 people, often more providers required
Avoid hypothermia
Apply warm blankets after removing clothes
Hypothermia = Coagulopathy
Increases risk of hemorrhage
Author unknown,
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Exposure Trauma Logroll

One person =
Cervical spine
Two people =
Roll main
One person =
Inspect back
and palpate

Author unknown, Cdang, Wikimedia Commons
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Secondary Survey History

AMPLE History
Secondary Survey is completed after primary
survey is completed and patient has been
adequately resuscitated. Medications
No patient with abnormal vital signs should Past Medical History, Pregnancy
proceed through a secondary survey Last Meal
Secondary Survey includes a brief history Events surrounding injury, Environment
and complete physical exam History may need to be gathered from family
members or ambulance service

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Physical Exam Physical Exam

Head/HEENT Difficult airway
Source unknown

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Physical Exam Physical Exam

Seatbelt sign
Battle Sign

Raccoon's Eyes
http://health- Ecchymosis.htm

Cullens Sign nicImages/Battle's%20sign.jpg Accessed 9/20/09 Yahoo Images

Accessed 9/20/09 Yahoo Images

Grey-Turners Sign
H. L. Fred and H.A. van H. L. Fred and H.A. van Dijk
Dijk (Wikimedia) (Wikimedia)
Accessed 9/20/09 Google Image Search 51 52


Adjuncts to Secondary Survey FAST Exam

Standard emergent films Focused Abdominal Sonography in Trauma
C-spine, CXR, Pelvis
Focused Abdominal Sonography in Trauma
4 views of the abdomen to look for fluid.
Additional films
Cat scan imaging RUQ/Morrisons pouch
Foley Catheter Sub-xiphoid view of heart
Blood at urethral meatus = No Foley catheter LUQ view of spleno-renal junction
Pain Control
Tetanus Status Bladder view of pelvis
Antibiotics for open fractures

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Has largely replaced deep peritoneal lavage Sensitivity of 94.6%
(DPL) Specificity of 95.1%
Bedside ultrasound looking for blood Overall accuracy of 94.9% in identifying the
collection in an unstable patient.
presence of intra-abdominal injuries.
If the patient is unstable and a blood Yoshil: J Trauma 1998; 45
collection is found, proceed emergently to
the operating theater.

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Right Upper Quadrant - Morrisons Pouch

Between the liver and kidney in RUQ.

First place that fluid collects in supine

University of Louisville ED,

University of Louisville ED,

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FAST Sub-xiphoid FAST Sub-xiphoid

Evaluate for pericardial fluid
View through liver
Transhepatic or Parasternal
Searches for fluid between heart and

University of Louisville ED, University of Louisville ED.
st.htm st.htm

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FAST Left Upper Quadrant FAST - LUQ

View between the spleen and kidney

Another dependent place that fluid collects
Also see diaphragm in this view

University of Louisville ED,

University of Louisville ED,

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FAST Bladder View FAST Bladder View

Evaluates for fluid in the pouch of Douglas
Posterior to bladder
Dependent potential space

University of Louisville ED, University of Louisville ED,
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Interpret this FAST Image: Trauma in Special Populations

Supine Hypotensive Syndrome
After 20 weeks, enlarged uterus with fetus and amniotic
fluid compresses inferior vena cava
Decreases venous return and decrease cardiac output
Keep pregnant patients in left lateral decubitus position to
avoid excessive hypotension
Optimal maternal and fetal outcome is determined
by adequate resuscitation of mother
Fetal Monitoring
University of Louisville ED,

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Trauma in Special Populations Classic Radiographical Findings

Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation
Differences in head to body ratio Pelvic Fracture
and relative size and location of
anatomic features make children
more susceptible to head injury,
abdominal injury
Underdeveloped anatomy leads to
chest pliability and less protection of
thoracic cage
Cardiac Arrest
Typically result from respiratory
arrest degrading into cardiac
Broselow Tape
Author unknown,
Author unknown,
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Classic Radiographic Findings Classic Radiographic Findings

Epidural Hematoma Subdural Hematoma
Femur Fracture Middle Meningeal Artery Bridging Veins

Author unknown, Author unknown,

Author unknown, ics/thumb/synpic4098.jpg hy_pics/thumb/synpic519.jpg
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Classic Radiographic Findings Classic Radiographic Findings

Diaphragmatic rupture w/ spleen herniation Widened Mediastinum Aortic Injury

Author unknown,
Author unknown, 71 72


Definitive Care
Secondary Survey followed by radiographic
Orthopedic Surgery
Vascular Surgery
Transfer to Definitive Care
Operating Room
Higher level facility