Trauma also known as injury, is a physiological wound caused by an external source. It can also be described as "a physical wound or injury, such as a fracture or blow".
Depending on the severity of injury, quick manangement and transport to an appropriate facility may be nessecessary to prevent loss of life or limb. Various classification scales exist for use with trauma to determine the severity of injuries which is used to determine the resources utilized and for statistical collection. There are many causes of injury that each can effect a person in different ways, both anatomically and physiologically. The initial assessment is critical in determing the extend of injuries and what will be needed to manage an injury. The assessment involves a physical assesment and can also include various imaging tools to more accuratly determine a type of injury and to forumulate a course of treatment. Source: Wikipedia
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