Blast Injuries

Author: Alison Tompkins / Editor: Adrian Boyle / Reviewers: Mohamed Elwakil, Caitriona Considine, Joshua Davison / Codes: T1, T2 / Published: 30/06/2023

This session covers the assessment, treatment and management of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with primary blast injuries.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the four types of blast injuries
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the body systems commonly affected by primary blast injury
  • Recognise the symptoms and signs associated with primary blast injury
  • Describe the initial management of primary blast injury of the ear, lung and GI tract
  • Distinguish those patients who can be discharged from the emergency department


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