Gunshot Wound to Lower Back

20 y/o male dropped off at ER after GSW to lower back. Team will need to perform primary survey and identify possible free fluid and need for blood. Patient may become hypotensive and the team will need to intubate.

  • Dr Kyla Caners - 2015    
  • Mateo Orrantia -2021   
  • Aug. 23, 2022, 1:39 p.m.   

  • Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Trauma   
  • Medical Students, Residents, Physicians   
  • Airway Equip., Manakin - LF, Rhythm Box, Other   

  • 5   
  • 40 - 60 Min   
  • Other   

  • PRACTISS Verified   
Gunshot Wound to Lower Back

A 20 y/o male is dropped off at the community emergency department after a gunshot wound to the lower back. His initial vitals will include tachycardia but no hypotension. The team will proceed through the primary survey and identify only one gunshot wound. If the team does not recognize possible free fluid and the need for blood, the patient will become increasingly hypotensive. The team will need to intubate the patient while waiting for medevac to arrive for transfer to a larger centre. 

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Supporting Roles and Scripts
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    Original Author:
Dr. Kyla Caners
    Date: April 2015
    Originally published on: EM Sim Cases 
    Most Recent Modification: June 22 2021
    Modified by: Mateo Orrantia