Shock horror! How accurate is the PHTLS classification of hypovolaemic shock on scene?

Pre-hospital assessment and management of major trauma is challenging, and this research highlights some of the complexities confronting ambulance staff when encountering these events. The purpose of this retrospective study was to validate the pre-hospital trauma life support (PHTLS) classification of hypovolaemic shock, derived from the advanced trauma life support (ATLS) guidelines.

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