Distinguishing Between Single- and Mutli-trauma Cases

November 2, 2016
American Veterinarian Editorial Staff

Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC, clinical specialist and residency trauma supervisor at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, explains how to distinguish between single- and multi-trauma cases.

Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC, clinical specialist and residency trauma supervisor at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, explains how to distinguish between single- and multi-trauma cases.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“It’s very difficult to determine if there [are] multiple traumatic injuries when a patient has suffered [a] trauma because there can be internal wounds and injuries that have occurred that aren’t readily visible to the eye. You may have a patient that fell out of the porch and might have some scrapes on the outside, but those scrapes might not be everything that have been traumatized or damaged, and there may be internal injuries. I would consider that every patient that has suffered any sort of trauma, has multiple injuries until proven otherwise.”