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What is the definition of trauma?

‘Trauma is the acute physiological and structural change that occurs in a patient’s body when an external source of energy dissipates faster than the body’s ability to sustain and dissipate it (Pilbery, 2014). Major trauma is seen as the most common cause of loss of life under 40 years of age’ (Elms and Harris, 2016: 151)

Elms, S. and Harris, G. (2016) ‘Trauma Assessment’ in A.Y. Blaber and G. Harris (Ed), Assessment Skills for Paramedics, 2nd edition, New York: Open University Press


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