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DOTS is a mnemonic device used in emergency medicine, for the purpose of aiding first responders in assessing the condition of trauma patients. It is generally used by individuals with minimal medical training. Those with higher levels of training most often will use DCAP-BTLS.
- D - Deformities; Usually signifying a broken bone.
- O - Open Wounds; Broken skin, often accompanied by bleeding.
- T - Tenderness; Sensitivity or pain expressed by the patient when the problem area is touched.
- S - Swelling; Caused by accumulation of fluids within the body.
- Thygerson & Gulli 2007, p.16
- Thygerson, A. L., & Gulli, B. (2007). CPR and AED. (5th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 0-7637-4246-5.
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