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ED Management of the MVC Patient: Pearls and Pitfalls

It is no surprise that a substantial number of trauma patients presenting to emergency departments nationwide are victims of motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) . This patient cohort presents unique challenges to the emergency physician. Many of these challenges, however, can be mitigated by a well-practiced, systematic approach to the management of all trauma patients, such as that outlined in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).