Principles of Trauma Care

In this module, we take a closer look at the incidence of trauma pathology, the keys to survival and examine the primary and secondary injuries to optimise the chance of a good outcome. We then progress to look at:


  • The sequential assessment and stepwise process intervention.

  • Assessment, recognition and minimizing secondary injuries of major trauma.

  • A review of sensitive primary and secondary survey assessment skills.

  • The potential challenges faced when managing pre-hospital trauma including leadership and effective crew resource management. 


We drill down into the mechanism of injury and see how we can match the patients' injury pattern to the damage seen at the scene to cars or other markers. We then walk through the non-technical skills needed to master trauma care and some of the cognitive offloading techniques that can mitigate stress such as sharing the mental model and 10 for 10. We finally look at human factors and how they affect our individual and team performance and then how we can excel in our non-technical skills and limit the effects of human factors.

About the instructor

World Extreme  Medicine
World Extreme Medicine

World Extreme Medicine (formerly Expedition & Wilderness Medicine) is the world’s leading provider of expedition, wilderness and remote medicine training courses for medical professionals.

WEM was born out of expeditions over 20 years ago, while we have changed and grown, we continue to lead the way in outstanding and inspirational training. Alongside exciting training we also offer extensive consultancy and medical support for projects across the globe. If you have a project you’d like help with please get in touch HERE.

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