The Role of the FAST Exam in Trauma Patients

by Bob Stuntz in ,


The FAST exam has limitations and there is contradictory evidence on the role of the FAST exam in the hemodynamically stable trauma patient.  However, it is inexpensive, safe when performed at the proper time during a trauma resuscitation, repeatable, does not subject the patient to additional ionizing radiation, and can provide valuable information about a variety of clinically important traumatic injuries in a very short period of time.

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