Executive Editor: Peter Trafton

Pelvic ring - Secondary survey

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Glossary

General considerations

After completion of the acute survey and associated life-saving treatments as needed, the secondary survey may begin. If a large enough trauma team is present, the secondary survey can start before the primary survey is finished, but must not interfere.

The goal of the secondary survey is to identify clearly every significant injury and relevant medical condition.

Secondary survey
Main indication Skill Equipment
Injured patient with possible pelvic injury and/or hemodynamic instability Some specialized surgical experience Basic equipment only

All polytrauma patients with suspected pelvic injury should be initially evaluated and treated according to ATLS protocol.

*Skill
Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Some specialized surgical experience Some specialized surgical experience
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
*Equipment
Basic equipment only Basic equipment only
Simple surgical and imaging resources Simple surgical and imaging resources
Full specialized surgical and imaging resources Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

2016-10-20