Patient presents after exposure to less-lethal weapon
Are the patient’s vital signs stable?
- Don PPE
- Perform primary survey
- Evaluate ABCs
A trauma-informed system begins with EMS and continues throughout the patient’s stay in the ED. This implies the perspective not of “What is wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” EMS and emergency clinicians should approach the patient with an understanding of the psychologic consequence of the trauma and avoid worsening or retriggering the stress of the trauma, within the context of what is required to care for the patient.
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Less-Lethal Law Enforcement Weapons: Clinical Management of Associated Injuries in the Emergency Department (Trauma CME) | EB Medicine
This issue discusses injury patterns associated with common less-lethal weapons used by law enforcement, including conducted electrical weapons, pepper spray, tear gas, K-9 bites, and kinetic impact projectiles. Recommendations are provided for evaluation and management of these injuries in the emergency department