Trauma: Secondary Survey
The secondary survey is a head-to-toe front and back, comprehen- sive review of the trauma patient to discover all injuries. This allows inpatient units to plan treatment. If an injury is missed at this stage it may not be picked up until it is too late to treat effectively, so thoroughness is essential. This chapter will not cover limb injuries (Chapters 14–18), or head and neck injuries (Chapter 10).