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

V39N3: Trauma, Part II

Burlew CC. The open abdomen: practical implications for the practicing surgeon. Am J Surg. 2012;204(6):826-835.

This article is a valuable review of concepts and techniques for the management of the open abdomen.

Burlew CC, Moore EE, Biffl WL, et al. One hundred percent fascial approximation can be achieved in the postinjury open abdomen with a sequential closure protocol. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;72(1):235-241.

Burlew and coauthors present their preferred approach for achieving complete fascial closure in patients requiring a damage control approach due to abdominal injury or infection.

Burlew CC, Moore EE, Moore FA, et al. Western Trauma Association critical decisions in trauma: resuscitative thoracotomy. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;73(6):1357-1361.

This article presents data supporting a proposed set of clinical guidelines for management of patients with prehospital cardiac arrest caused by blunt or penetrating injury.

Carr JA. Abdominal compartment syndrome: a decade of progress. J Am Coll Surg. 2013;216(1):135-146.

Carr reviews the basic pathophysiology leading to development of abdominal compartment syndrome. Features of diagnosis and management are included in the review.

Hasenboehler EA, Bernard AC, Bottiggi AJ, et al. Treatment of traumatic flail chest with muscular sparing open reduction and internal fixation: description of a surgical technique. J Trauma. 2011;71(2):494-501.

In this article the authors review, retrospectively, a single-institution experience with open reduction and internal fixation of multiple rib fractures. Missing from the article is advice on development of a protocol to facilitate patient selection for this intervention.

Mowery NT, Gunter OL, Collier BR, et al. Practice management guidelines for management of hemothorax and occult pneumothorax. J Trauma. 2011;70(2) 510-518.

This article supplies practice guidelines for the management of traumatic hemothorax and pneumothorax. The guidelines emphasize early intervention to prevent complications of retained hemothorax.

Moore HB, Loomis SB, Destigter KK, et al. Airway, breathing, computed tomographic scanning: duplicate computed tomographic imaging after transfer to trauma center. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013;74(3):813-817.

This article presents data on the frequency and reasons for repeat CT imaging in patients transferred to a trauma center from an outlying facility. Pathways to avoid duplicate imaging and the attendant radiation exposure are presented.

Truitt MS, Murry J, Amos J, et al. Continuous intercostal nerve blockade for rib fractures: ready for primetime? J Trauma. 2011;71(6):1548-1552; discussion 1552.

This article presents a potentially useful technique for achieving satisfactory pain control in patients with multiple rib fractures.

Tuma MA, Stansbury LG, Stein DM, et al. Induced hypothermia after cardiac arrest in trauma patients: a case series. J Trauma. 2011;71(6):1524-1527.

Tuma and coauthors present a small single-center experience with induced hypothermia after postinjury cardiac arrest. This technique may be useful for patients who sustain cardiac arrest after arrival at the trauma center.