International Journal of Academic Medicine

: 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 13--23

Missed traumatic injuries: A synopsis

Stanislaw P Stawicki, David E Lindsey 
 Department of Surgery, Division of Critical Care, Trauma, and Burn, The Ohio State University Medical Center; OPUS 12 Foundation, Columbus, OH, USA

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Research and Innovation, St. Lukes University Health Network, EW2 Research Administration, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

The ultimate goal in trauma resuscitation is to promptly identify and treat all injuries. Despite clinical and technological advances in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma patients, missed injuries continue to significantly affect modern trauma services. Delayed diagnosis and missed injuries have the potential to exacerbate the severity of the initial insult, and may result in permanent disability or even mortality. Moreover, missed injuries add significantly to the length of hospitalization and overall costs of trauma patient care. This article will discuss the common themes associated with missed injuries, and will highlight steps that practitioners can take to minimize delays in diagnosis and to reduce the number of missed injuries. This article begins with basic definitions, followed by a discussion of literature pertaining to, and factors associated with, missed injuries. We will then focus on specific mechanisms and injury patterns, as well as the corresponding injury-specific diagnostic and treatment pitfalls that have to be considered in order to avoid missed injuries. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Interpersonal and communication skills, Medical knowledge, Patient care, Practice-based learning and improvement, Systems-based practice. Republished with permission from: Stawicki SP, Lindsey DE. Trauma Corner – Missed traumatic injuries: A synopsis. OPUS 12 Scientist 2009;3(2):35-43.

How to cite this article:
Stawicki SP, Lindsey DE. Missed traumatic injuries: A synopsis.Int J Acad Med 2017;3:13-23

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Stawicki SP, Lindsey DE. Missed traumatic injuries: A synopsis. Int J Acad Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Aug 15 ];3:13-23
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