Trauma – Definition

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I prefer the definition of trauma as ‘any tissue injury as a result of applied energy’ that includes other mechanisms beyond physical force,


  • Physical trauma (commonest) e.g. vehicular accidents, falls, assault
  • Chemical trauma e.g. acid burns
  • Thermal trauma (Burns) e.g. housefire
  • Radiological trauma e.g. nuclear accident

Sometimes a mixture of these occurs such as in Blast injury

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