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Assessment Triangle Idea

We mention in the show a concept on how we go about deciding whether to perform a history or a physical exam first following the initial assessment.  A rule of thumb is to do the history first with medical patients and the head-to-toe/ physical first with trauma patients.  One way to visualize this idea is via this workflow borrowed from Aerie Backcountry Medicine.  They have a free pdf version of their self-published manual available for free on their website (linked here) and offer some awesome classes for those interested in outdoor medicine.

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And then there's another version of this idea which presents this same idea as as assessment triangle.  This other version comes from Remote Medical Training - they use this same concept in all levels of their outdoor medicine courses.  Also good stuff, check them out here.

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