American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

V39N2: Trauma, Part I

Claridge JA, Leukhardt WH, Golob JF, et al. Moving beyond traditional measurement of mortality after injury: evaluation of risks for late death. J Am Coll Surg. 2010;210(5):788-794, 794-796.

This article presents evidence that confirms the increased risk of death that extends more than two years after severe injury. The report stresses the need for trauma systems to collect long-term outcomes data in order to document and quantify trauma system effectiveness.

Davis JW, Sise MJ, Albrecht R, et al. American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Prevention Committee topical updates: getting started, fall prevention, domestic violence, and suicide. J Trauma. 2011;70(4):996-1001.

Davis and coauthors present information about design and implementation of several types of prevention initiatives that can be used in individual trauma centers.

Frykberg E, Weireter L, Flint L. Ten questions and answers about disasters and disaster response. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2010;95(3):6-13. Free full-text

Frykberg and coauthors respond to a set of questions about response to mass casualty incidents. The Haitian earthquake is the disaster that stimulated these questions in the media.

Mouraviev VB, Coburn M, Santucci RA. The treatment of posterior urethral disruption associated with pelvic fractures: comparative experience of early realignment versus delayed urethroplasty. J Urol. 2005;173(3):873-876.

This article supplies helpful text and illustrations relevant to the repair of posterior urethral injuries.

Rice TW, Morris S, Tortella BJ, et al. Deviations from evidence-based clinical management guidelines increase mortality in critically injured trauma patients*. Crit Care Med. 2012;40(3):778-786.

The authors present data suggesting that noncompliance with evidence-based practice guidelines is associated with suboptimal clinical outcomes in trauma centers.

Trunkey D. Excelsior Surgical Society Edward D Churchill Lecture. Changes in combat casualty care. J Am Coll Surg. 2012;214(6):879-891.

Trunkey provides valuable perspective on the development of the military trauma system. The system has been associated with significantly improved outcomes for soldiers injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Voelzke BB, McAninch JW. Renal gunshot wounds: clinical management and outcome. J Trauma. 2009;66(3):593-600; discussion 600-601.

This report provides helpful data and illustrations relevant to the operative and nonoperative management of renal injuries.