Table 2

Codes relating to recognition-primed analysis theme

SubthemeCodeInterviews (n)Frequency (n)
Information selection (cues)
Information selection, interpretation and synthesisMechanism of injury1020
Physical signs of injury (including hateful eight)1040
Visual and non-quantitative signs of bleeding943
Using trends and anticipating trajectory818
Autonomic response to injury59
Quantitative signs and diagnostic devices suggestive of bleeding36
Information interpretation
Develop a differential diagnosis824
External factors such as time and distance616
Primacy of the primary survey614
Individual patients respond differently610
Assessment of critical hypoperfusion59
Information synthesis
Combining information to make a decision951
Expectation prior to patient assessment59
ExperienceInfluence of experience934
Interpretation of signs changes with experience69
Clinical culture25
Rules, guidelines and evidenceRule-based decision-making716
Example of following an SOP or protocol512
Group expectationsPost hoc scrutiny34
  • ‘Interviews’ refers to the number of interviews in which a code was identified. ‘Frequency’ refers to a count of each code in every interview.

  • SOP, standard operating procedure.