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A review of tertiary survey and its impact


  • Trauma and Orthopaedics

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Published Date

  • 2014-04


  • Trauma is the cause of a large socio-economic burden. A trauma system approach to the care of trauma patients is required to reduce morbidity and mortality. As not all injuries are detected by primary and secondary surveys, tertiary survey is vital to avoid delayed diagnosis or missing any fatal or non-fatal injuries. This may lead to a reduction in morbidity and preventing delay-related mortality. In patients at risk, a tertiary survey (TS) improves diagnostic efficiency and reduces the likelihood of a delay in diagnosis. A comprehensive, careful approach to management results in the best possible outcome for the severely injured patient. This review will focus on the tertiary review.
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