The deadly triad of trauma — the combination of hypothermia, acidosis and coagulopathy — creates a vicious cycle of worsening bleeding (due to coagulopathy), decreased oxygenation (due to acidosis) and continued decreasing body temperature (due to hypothermia), ultimately resulting in a downward spiral to death. This course discusses the three components of the deadly triad of trauma including manifestations and resuscitation interventions.
- List the three components of the deadly triad of trauma.
- Identify contributing factors and manifestations of hypothermia in a trauma patient.
- Identify contributing factors and manifestations of acidosis in a trauma patient.
- Identify contributing factors and manifestations of coagulopathy in a trauma patient.
- Explain assessment and resuscitation interventions for preventing/treating the deadly triad of trauma.
- Outline continued care interventions and monitoring of patients at risk for developing the deadly triad of trauma.
- Scenario-based knowledge checks
- Engaging images and learner interactions
- Hot spot interactions for assessing pediatric trauma patients
- Released February 1, 2017.
- Approved for 0.7 CNE contact hours.
- Approved for 1.0 CRCE contact hours.
- Length of course is 42 minutes.
- Appropriate for clinicians working in the ED and the PICU.
- Part of our PICU Advanced library.
Children's Hospital Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NOTE: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems. If you are interested, please check with your organization’s learning staff or contact Patty Kohn to learn more.