Journal article

Acute management of hemodynamically unstable pelvic trauma patients: Time for a change? Multicenter review of recent practice

Diederik Verbeek, Michael Sugrue, Zsolt Balogh, Danny Cass, Ian Civil, Ian Harris, Thomas Kossmann, Steve Leibman, Valerie Malka, Anthony Pohl, Sudhakar Rao, Martin Richardson, Michael Schuetz, Caesar Ursic, Vanessa Wills

World Journal of Surgery | SPRINGER | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hemorrhage-related mortality (HRM) associated with pelvic fractures continues to challenge trauma care. This study describes the management and outcome of hemodynamically unstable patients with a pelvic fracture, with emphasis on primary intervention for hemorrhage control and HRM. METHODS: Blunt trauma patients [Injury Severity Score (ISS) >or=16] with a major pelvic fracture (Abbreviated Injury Score, pelvis >or=3) and hemodynamic instability [admission systolic blood pressure (SBP) or=6 units of packed red blood cells (PRBCs)/24 hours) were included into a 48-month (ending in December 2003) multicenter retrospective study of 11 major trauma centers. Data are presented as the m..

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