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University of Colorado System

Trauma Emergencies and Care

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Welcome to Trauma Emergencies and Care. In this course, you will learn about some of the mechanics and physics of trauma on the human body, and how this can cause injury. You will continue to expand your new vocabulary with medical terminology, and learn how to describe the different injuries you may see. You will also learn about the trauma system itself- and when it is important to transport patients to a trauma center. Then we will dive into specific injuries based on what part of the body may be injured- or trauma by system. There are different considerations in the trauma patients depending on both how, and where, they are injured. And of course- you will learn your standard approach to a history and physical exam of the trauma patient. Finally, you will learn about something that you hope to never encounter: mass casualty incidents, or MCI’s. These are occurrences where you may have multiple patients, and there is an organized and specific approach as a provider in these circumstances.


  • Introduction and Kinetics of Trauma
    • Are you ready to take on trauma? From the battlefield to highways, traumatic injuries were the catalyst for developing systems to move patients to places that they could receive more advanced care. In this module we will talk about what trauma is and why it deserves special attention when it comes to patient care.
  • Bleeding and Shock
    • In this module we will discuss the physiology of bleeding, and how hemorrhage, or excessive bleeding, leads to shock. We will review the CV system, and discuss about different types of blood loss, how it leads to shock, and then ultimately how to manage hemorrhagic shock before shock leads to death.
  • Soft Tissue Injury and Burns
    • In this module we will discuss various soft tissue injuries, including burns. Before watching the videos in this module please review your anatomy, specifically of the skin. As we cover soft tissue injuries, you will note that there are varying degrees of injury that can occur with trauma, and many of the classifications have to do with how deep or how much damage is done, and in what way, to the skin and blood vessels.
  • Trauma By System
    • We will cover trauma isolating different parts of the body and what injuries you should consider in these particular areas. Having an understanding of what injuries may be present can help you determine where you patient may need to go, and how quickly you need to get them there. It will be helpful for each of these videos to review the pertinent anatomy associated with the body system we are discussing.

Taught by

Arthur Pliaconis, Whitney Barrett, MD, Angela Wright, MD and Kathrine Lopez


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4.8 rating at Coursera based on 442 ratings

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  • Trauma care is arguably the most adrenaline-pumping aspect of acute care or EMT practice, and this course faithfully and favorably reflected this reality that aspiring EMTs or acute care/emergency physicians must be ready to face anytime. While the course is short relatively to the entirety of trauma medicine and surgery, this offering successfully distills the essential details - compelling the learner to know what he/she/they must know and the unknowns/limitations they should be comfortable to accept.
  • U need money for certificate hance i am not enrolling this course
    It should be free due to pandemic.
    Well its ur personal choice for money.
    But i don't have money for this.
    I am plastic surgeon ( india )
    I am very happy to do this course but its paid as india is developing country don't have so much money after trial period hence please deregister me.
  • Patrick Mncedisi Diniso
    This course is behavioural improvement. It helps one to attain maximum effeciency in both personal and proffesional leve in terms of skills.

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