The Importance of MOI and NOI

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The Importance of MOI and NOI

Considering the MOI or NOI early can be of value in preparing to care for your patient. During your prehospital assessment you may be tempted to categorize your patient immediately as a trauma or Medical Patient. Remember, the fundamentals of a good patient assessment are the same despite the unique aspects of trauma and medical care.

For Example: If an unconscious patient is found at the bottom of a ladder, did he fall off the ladder, strike his head, and become unconsciousness or did he climb down the ladder and then lose consciousness?

Early in the assessment, it can be difficult to identify with absolute certainty whether the problem is a traumatic or medical origin. Although further assessment is needed to come to a conclusion, considering MOI or NOI early will help you prepare for the rest of your assessment.

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