The tertiary trauma survey is defined by the ACS as a patient evaluation that identifies and catalogues all injuries after the initial resuscitation and operative intervention (4).
The Trauma Professional’s Blog The Tertiary Survey for Trauma Major trauma victims are evaluated by a team to rapidly identify life and limb threatening injuries.
The tertiary survey is a complete summation and cataloguing of a patient’s injuries. The need for ongoing resuscitation determines how much attention can be paid to the tertiary survey. Clinical suspicion based on mechanism and pattern of injury and thorough, repeated, complete physical examination are the essential elements of the tertiary survey.
The tertiary survey is a repetition of the secondary survey that again aims to pick up ‘missed’ injuries. This may occur on multiple occasions over the days following injury. The multiply injured motorcyclist’s broken pinkie can be easy to miss during initial assessment!
A reevaluation of the stabilized trauma patient performed after the initial resuscitation and corrective surgeries for the injuries. It is used to identify additional injuries that may become obvious only after the patient begins rehabilitation
Tertiary survey The tertiary survey is a repeat clinical examination along the lines of the primary and secondary surveys. It is performed with the aim of identifying injuries that have been missed during initial assessment.
The tertiary survey is a complete summation and cataloguing of a patient’s injuries. The need for ongoing resuscitation determines how much attention can be paid to the tertiary survey. Clinical suspicion based on mechanism and pattern of injury and thorough, repeated, complete physical examination are the essential elements of the tertiary
Progress Notes TACS Tertiary Survey Date/Time Physical Examination HEENT Scalp Eyes Ears
Implementation of a Tertiary Trauma Survey Decreases Missed Injuries Walter L. Biffl, MD, David T. Harrington, MD, and William G. Cioffi, MD Background: Missed injuries (MIs) adversely affect patient outcome and dam-
Published in: Journal of Trauma-injury Infection and Critical Care · 2003Authors: Walter L Biffl · David T Harrington · William G CioffiAffiliation: Brown University · Rhode Island HospitalAbout: Complication · Epidemiology · Human factors and ergonomics · Injury p…
Trauma tertiary surveys (TTS) are advocated to reduce the rate of missed injuries in hospitalized trauma patients. Moreover, the missed injury rate can be a quality indicator of trauma care performance. Current variation of the definition of missed injury restricts interpretation of the effect of the TTS and limits the use of missed injury for …