Upon notification of a trauma call, the ED begins preparation to receive the patient, including notification to the Radiology team.
Ultrasound machines should be available in the ED for experienced providers to use as part of the initial reception.
The ED radiology staff are required to be ready and waiting to undertake the requested imaging in the resuscitation bay.
CT facilities should be cleared of patients and ready to receive the patient once a decision is made to take the patient through the scanner.
Ultrasound has evolved to be a mainstay in the detection of life threatening bleeding in the emergency department and is now part of the standard training for doctors working in the Resuscitation environment.