Author
Abstract
<p>Violent traumatic injury remains a common condition treated by emergency physicians. The medical management of these patients is well described and remains an area of focus for providers. However, violently injured patients disproportionately carry a history of physical and psychological trauma that frequently affects clinical care in the emergency department. The alteration of our clinical approach, taking into consideration how a patient's previous experiences influence how he or she may perceive and react to medical care, is a concept referred to as trauma-informed care. This approach is based on 4 pillars: knowledge of the effect of trauma, recognition of the signs and symptoms of trauma, avoidance of retraumatization, and the development of appropriate policies and procedures. Using this framework, we provide practical considerations for emergency physicians in the delivery of trauma-informed care for violently injured patients.</p>
Year of Publication
2019
Journal
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Volume
73
Issue
2
Number of Pages
193-202
Date Published
02/2019
ISSN Number
1097-6760
DOI
10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.10.018
Alternate Journal
Ann Emerg Med
PMID
30503381