Quick Chart
  • Catastrophic bleeding must be managed as a priority. Assess for blood loss in five places:
    • External
    • Chest
    • Abdomen
    • Pelvis
    • Long bones
 Clinical Presentation
  • Consider hypovolaemic shock, early signs include:
    • Pallor
    • Cool peripheries / > 2 seconds CRT
    • Anxiety, abnormal behaviour, decreased mental status
    • Increased respiratory rate
    • Tachycardia
 Exclusion Criteria
Exclusion Criteria
 Risk Assessment
  • Catastrophic haemorrhage can be defined as extreme bleeding likely to cause death in minutes.
  • Decompensating patients might present with Bradycardia.
  • Adult permissive hypotension is a systolic blood pressure of 70mmHg.
  • In the TBI, adult patient attempts should be made to maintain systolic blood pressure at 110mmHg.
  • In general, hypotension in adults can be defined as a systolic blood pressure of less than 90mmHg or greater than 30% decrease from that person’s baseline and in children less than: (70 mmHg + [2 x age]) from 1 – 10yo.
Primary Care
Critical Care, Clinical Support & Special Operations Paramedics only
  • Haemostatic dressing
  • Israeli bandage
Intermediate Care
  • Administer pain relief
  • Consider applying cardiac monitor if trained and authorised
  • Monitor patient persistently, recording full observations every 10 minutes (or 5 minutes if time critical)
  • Transport Priority 1 if patient time critical, pre-notifying receiving facility
Advanced Care
  • Consider cardiac monitoring
  • Establish vascular access
  • The following patients may benefit from fluid therapy as per CPG:
    • Adult patients with blunt trauma and / or isolated head injury with hypotension and signs of impaired organ perfusion
    • Adult patients with a head injury and penetrating trauma with hypotension and signs of impaired organ perfusion
    • Hypotensive paediatric patients
  • Consider Tranexamic Acid
  • Consider pain relief
  • Metropolitan crews should consider Major Trauma Bypass as per guideline
  • Transport Priority 1 if patient time critical, pre-notifying receiving facility
Critical & Extended Care
 Additional Information
  • Adult patients with penetrating trauma, ectopic pregnancy or aortic aneurysm with hypotension and signs of impaired organ perfusion may benefit from permissive hypotension (systolic blood pressure of 70mmHg)
  • Neck wounds:
    • If major veins of the neck are severed, do not sit the patient up as air may be sucked in and develop into a venous air embolism. If air embolism occurs (sudden deterioration, collapse, neurological changes), lie the patient down and administer high concentration oxygen. Apply local pressure with broad pad and hand.
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