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In this module, the primary and secondary assessment processes of trauma are reviewed for both adult and pediatric patients.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the common mechanisms of injury associated with traumatic injury
  • Describe the pathophysiologic changes as a basis for signs and symptoms
  • Describe the nursing assessment of patients with trauma
  • Identify appropriate nursing diagnosis and expected outcomes for the trauma patient using the data from the primary and secondary assessments
  • Develop appropriate intervention strategies Describe mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of nursing interventions for the trauma patient

Upon completion of this module, you will be required to perform a Trauma Profile demonstration in a lab situation, completing the primary and secondary assessment using the head to toe approach. To be successful you must be able to identify ALL life threatening injuries as well as any significant non-life threatening injuries and your nursing plan for treatment and evaluation.


Emergency Nurses Association (2014). Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Provider Manual, 7th edition. Des Plaines, Illinois

Emergency Nurses Association (2012) updated November 2013. Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) Provider Manual , 4rd edition. Des Plaines, Illinois Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M., & Lough, M.E. (2014). Critical care nursing: Diagnosis and management . (7th ed). St. Louis, Missouri: ELSEVIER Mosby

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