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The Unwelcome Family Reunion: Hypothermia, Acidosis, and Coagulopathy

The Unwelcome Family Reunion: Hypothermia, Acidosis, and Coagulopathy

Allen Wolfe

Trauma is the major cause of death worldwide. The trauma triad of death is a term describing the combination of hypothermia, acidosis and coagulopathy. This combination is commonly seen in patients who have sustained severe traumatic injuries and results in a significant rise in the mortality rate. The three conditions share a complex relationship; each factor can compound the others, resulting in high mortality if the cycle continues uninterrupted. The vicious cycle of the trauma triad should be intercepted and subsequently physiological imbalance corrected by resuscitation. The relationship between hypothermia, the degree of shock (acidosis) and to the development of coagulopathy produces increases the mortality by 90.

OBJECTIVES

1. List the components of the Trauma Triad and focused areas of the nursing assessment.

2. Describe the complex relationship between hypothermia, acidosis and coagulopathy.

3. Analyze overt and covert patient data to drive resuscitation decisions at the bedside.

4. Integrate laboratory data and evidence based practice in predicting outcomes.

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Allen Wolfe

Trauma is the major cause of death worldwide. The trauma triad of death is a term describing the combination of hypothermia, acidosis and coagulopathy. This combination is commonly seen in patients who have sustained severe traumatic injuries and results in a significant rise in the mortality rate.  The three conditions share a complex relationship; each factor can compound the others, resulting in high mortality if the cycle continues uninterrupted. The vicious cycle of the trauma triad should be intercepted and subsequently physiological imbalance corrected by resuscitation. The relationship between hypothermia, the degree of shock (acidosis) and to the development of coagulopathy produces increases the mortality by 90.

OBJECTIVES

List the components of the Trauma Triad and focused areas of the nursing assessment.

Describe the complex relationship between hypothermia, acidosis and coagulopathy.

Analyze overt and covert patient data to drive resuscitation decisions at the bedside.

Integrate laboratory data and evidence based practice in predicting outcomes.