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The purpose of this exercise is two-fold. First, students must be able to finish the story of a patient with traumatic injuries. This requires them to match their perceived patient severity with the details of the story they create. The patient in the initial scenario has musculoskeletal injuries but there are a few things that could make the call go either way (serious or not serious) including the mechanism of injury and slightly confused mental status. You must facilitate to make sure the student’s descriptions match their story and create a discussion over their work.
An important second message is that in real life there are times patients fall from a roof and are not seriously injured and other times they are fatally injured. All of the stories your students create could be true. The exercise should finish with determining reliable signs of severity as well as a realization that a solid assessment is more important than the mechanism of injury in trauma.
Time frame: 30 – 45 minutes