The limbs of the body contain numerous tissues, bones, and blood vessels, all of which can be significantly disrupted through trauma. Multiple complications can arise where the clinician will need to identify and manage potential life-threatening deficits, limb compromising fractures, and life changing injuries. Where a patient is in a polytrauma situation, the clinician will also have to consider what are the most overall life-threatening injuries and deficits that require treating first along the primary survey. To this, limb injuries can be visually distracting and draw focus and attention. Don’t let this distract you in the management of primary survey deficits such as Catastrophic Haemorrhage, Airway compromise, Breathing management, and so on. In this section we’ll review limb trauma and what treatment can be given.
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