Critical Care Considerations in Trauma Resuscitation

Eugene Mondor

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Lecture overview

On any given day, Critical Care Nurses may be called upon to assist with or admit complex, critically injured polytrauma patients into the adult Critical Care Unit. It is essential that nurses possess a solid and accurate understanding of best practice trauma resuscitation principles. This session identifies current, evidence-based practice guidelines for Critical Care Nurses for the restoration of hemodynamic stability and avoidance of complications, following admission of the adult polytrauma patient to Critical Care. The “ABCDE” approach to trauma patients, shock, oxygenation, ventilation, fluid resuscitation, coagulopathies, and damage-control surgery, is described and discussed.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Identify, using a systems-based perspective, the “ABCDE” approach to trauma resuscitation.
  2. Describe appropriate, evidence-based strategies for achieving stability in the multisystem trauma patient experiencing hemorrhagic shock. 
  3. Recognise and articulate optimal endpoints in resuscitation of the polytrauma patient. 
  4. Describe evolving, up-to-date trends in the management and care of the adult polytrauma patient to help facilitate optimal patient outcomes.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Eugene Mondor

Eugene Mondor has been a nurse for over 33 years, of which the past 24 years within adult Critical Care.

Eugene graduated with honours from Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing, in Brandon, Manitoba, in 1987. He obtained his Baccalaureate of Nursing from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1994, followed by his Certificate in Adult Critical Care Nursing from Mount Royal College in Calgary in 1996; both received with honours. 

While working within the Intensive Care, Eugene earned his Master of Nursing from the University of Alberta in 2004. His thesis “Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Retention, and Job Satisfaction of Critical Care Nurses” has helped him identify how nurses learn, what they learn, but more importantly, has enhanced a deeper understanding and appreciation of both teaching and learning outcomes.

Eugene has been a Clinical Nurse Educator in adult Critical Care for over 15 years, and, is a BLS and ACLS instructor. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. He is a published author, has written for three nursing textbooks, and has presented at conferences across Canada, the United States and the Middle East. 


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