Journal article

Free fluid accumulation following blunt abdominal trauma: Potential for expansion of the FAST protocol

N Simpson, P Page, DMD Taylor

Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine | Published : 2009

Abstract

Objective To determine sites of free intra-peritoneal fluid collection following blunt abdominal trauma, with a view to refinement of the Focused Assessment by Sonography for Trauma (FAST) protocol. Methods This was a retrospective observational study of CT scans of subjects who had suffered blunt abdominal trauma and had free intra-peritoneal fluid detected on CT scan within 24 hours. The depth from the skin and amount of fluid at 14 abdominal sites were determined. Results CT scans of 105 patients were examined: 68 (64.8%) were male, mean age 36.7±18.4 years, mean injury severity score 25.4±11.6. Fluid collected most commonly at three sites: right mid-axillary line at the level of the xiph..

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