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Kinematics Trauma

Chapter 21

Blunt Trauma An impact on the body by objects that cause injury without penetrating soft tissues or internal organs and cavities.
Cavitation A phenomenon in which speed causes a bullet to generate pressure waves, which cause damage distant from the bullet's path.
Coup-contrecoup brain injury A brain injury that occurs when fore is applied to the head and energy transmission through brain tissue causes injury on the opposite side of original impact.
Deceleration The slowing of an object.
Index of suspicion Awareness that unseen life-threatening injuries may exist when determining the mechanism of injury.
Kinetic Energy The energy of a moving object.
Mechanism of Injury (MOI) The forces or energy transmission applied to the body that cause injury.
Multisystem trauma patient A patient who experienced trauma that affects more than one body system.
Penetrating Trauma Injury caused by objects, such as knives and bullets, that pierce the surface of the body and damage internal tissues and organs.
Potential Energy The product of mass, gravity, and height, which is converted into kinetic energy and results in injury, such as from a fall.
Created by: azoch