Mechanism of Injury: A Key Concept

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The term 'mechanism of injury' is a key concept in determining the aetiology of trauma. Understanding the type, place, cause and mechanism of injury guides the assessment process. In this lecture, Jane Mateer will help you understand the significance of the 'mechanism of injury' by discussing blunt, penetrating and blast injuries.


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Jane Mateer

Jane Mateer is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience in pre-hospital, metropolitan, and military settings. Her qualifications include a master in public health and a graduate diploma in advanced practice (nurse practitioner), as well as certificates in emergency nursing and education. A specialist in an emergency, paediatric, and trauma care, Jane currently works as a clinical support nurse in emergency, having previously worked as a clinical nurse consultant, clinical nurse educator, manager, and university lecturer. She is currently undertaking research into the experiences of Australian Army nurses. See Educator Profile

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First Published28 November 2019
Updated28 November 2019
17 November 2021
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