Basic Abdominal Trauma in EMS - 15-GANN-F3-0169

Basic Abdominal Trauma in EMS

A Major Cause of Morbidity and Mortality

by Guy H. Haskell, PhD, JD, REMT-P and Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CFRN, FAEN and Connie Goldsmith, MPA, RN and Stacie Hunsaker, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
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This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


In 2010, about 37 million visits to EDs were related to trauma and injuries. Abdominal trauma is the third-leading cause of traumatic death, following head and chest injuries. Patients with abdominal trauma can progress rapidly to hypovolemic shock or death, making it an EMS priority. It is important for EMTs to understand the incidence and etiology of abdominal trauma, as well as how to identify and treat abdominal trauma.


The goal of this abdominal trauma continuing education program is to provide EMTs with information about the incidence, etiology, identification and treatment of abdominal trauma. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the components of primary, secondary and focused emergency assessments
  • Describe the initial treatment of abdominal trauma in the field
  • Describe transport options for patients with abdominal trauma

Accreditation Information
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
CEH Number and Category: 1.0 Basic
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 04/08/2015 to 12/01/2016.

Course Originally Released on: 12/17/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/17/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/2/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Robert B - Camarillo, CA  ·  Jan 11, 2017
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Sean D - largo, FL  ·  Dec 22, 2016
Great content. Very good stuff here. Thank you.
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Mylene O - panorama city , CA  ·  Dec 18, 2016
It is important to understand abdominal trauma and how to treat
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Eric P - Lake Forest, CA  ·  Dec 17, 2016
i would take this test again. it was fun
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Daniel G - Arleta, CA  ·  Dec 17, 2016
Highlights the abdomen and pathophysiology, but if the LUQ,RUQ,RLQ,LLQ were mentioned, that would have given the reader a better idea of which organs are in which Quadrant.
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Price: $5.00
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