Abdominal Trauma: A Major Cause of Morbidity and Mortality

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The abdominal cavity is relatively unprotected and prone to trauma. Because the abdominal cavity can hold significant amounts of blood without any external signs, abdominal injuries can easily be missed during initial assessment of the patient. Abdominal injuries that are missed can cause significant hypovolemic shock, sepsis, and even death. This module provides healthcare providers with information about the incidence, etiology, identification, and treatment of abdominal trauma. The most common mechanisms of injury are reviewed, as is the need for rapid diagnosis and stabilization. In addition, this module discusses the important roles nurses and other healthcare professionals have during this critical period of managing patients and families in crisis.

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The abdominal cavity is relatively unprotected and prone to trauma. Because the abdominal cavity can hold significant amounts of blood without any external signs, abdominal injuries can easily be missed during initial assessment of the patient. Abdominal injuries that are missed can cause significant hypovolemic shock, sepsis, and even death. This module provides healthcare providers with information about the incidence, etiology, identification, and treatment of abdominal trauma. The most common mechanisms of injury are reviewed, as is the need for rapid diagnosis and stabilization. In addition, this module discusses the important roles nurses and other healthcare professionals have during this critical period of managing patients and families in crisis.

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