Run Time: 5 minutes
Author: Dr. Martin O’Bryan
- Although ATLS indicates that you should be providing fluids and blood to hypotensive trauma patients to increase blood pressure, the patient has a higher risk of mortality with higher blood pressure.
- The increase in mortality is due to the dilution of the blood and the increase in the amount of bleeding that can occur.
- But wait…hypotension is NOT good for head trauma patients as it effects long-term outcomes for these patients.
- Hypotension can be permitted in trauma patients if the patient has a radial pulse or their systolic pressure is around 80.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/permissive-hypotension/