Abdominal trauma occurs in approximately one-fifth of all trauma presentations and can be challenging to diagnose and manage (Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program 2012).
Blunt abdominal trauma following falls and road traffic crashes are responsible for most of the presentation when compared to penetrating trauma. Recognition of the different diagnostic pathways for blunt and penetrating trauma is related to the likelihood of local vs diffuse injury. In all mechanisms the aim of assessment is to identify life threatening haemorrhage, organ and hollow viscus injury to determine the urgency and type of intervention if required (Victorian State Trauma System 2021).
Each kit is a collection of tools and resources to guide the effective delivery of a trauma education event. The kits are designed for use in any Queensland Health facility and can be modified by the facilitator to the needs of the learner, as well as the environment in which the education is being delivered.
Other resources and tools on the topic of abdominal trauma.
- Primary Clinical Care Manual (10th Edition) - Abdominal injuries p.183 - Queensland Health
- AAST Spleen Trauma Classification - World Journal of Emergency Surgery
- WSES Splenic Trauma classification - World Journal of Emergency Surgery
- WSES Liver Trauma classification - World Journal of Emergency Surgery
- AAST Liver Trauma classification - World Journal of Emergency Surgery
- WSES kidney trauma classification - World Journal of Emergency Surgery
- AAST organ injury scale for kidney trauma - World Journal of Emergency Surgery