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 is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in prehospital, 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 emergency, paediatric and trauma care, Jane currently works as a clinical nurse educator in paediatric care, having previously worked as a clinical nurse consultant, educator, manager and university lecturer. She is currently completing a PhD into the experiences of Australian Army Nursing Officers in armed conflict.
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First Published25 November 2019
Updated24 November 2019
29 June 2025
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