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Acute Care Surgery Handbook

Volume 1 General Aspects, Non-gastrointestinal and Critical Care Emergencies

  • Salomone Di Saverio
  • Fausto Catena
  • Luca Ansaloni
  • Federico Coccolini
  • George Velmahos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Rao R. Ivatury, Fausto Catena
    Pages 1-17
  3. Matthew E. Kutcher, Andrew B. Peitzman
    Pages 19-37
  4. Federico Coccolini, Giulia Montori, Marco Ceresoli, Fausto Catena, Luca Ansaloni
    Pages 39-53
  5. Fredric M. Pieracci, Philip F. Stahel
    Pages 55-67
  6. Yasmin Hassen, Maximilian J. Johnston, Emily Barrow, Ara Darzi
    Pages 69-80
  7. Pierre Guarino, Matteo Alicandri-Ciufelli, Livio Presutti
    Pages 81-115
  8. Pantelis Vassiliu, Elias Degiannis
    Pages 117-131
  9. Korhan Taviloglu
    Pages 133-147
  10. Massimo Sartelli, Fikri M. Abu-Zidan
    Pages 149-166
  11. Mark A. Malangoni
    Pages 167-185
  12. Venu Bhamidipaty, Anastasia Dean, Ian Civil
    Pages 187-205
  13. Paolo Perini, Claudio Bianchini Massoni, Antonio Freyrie
    Pages 207-227
  14. Bruno M. Pereira, Gustavo P. Fraga
    Pages 229-255
  15. Rodrigo Donalisio da Silva, Rodrigo Pessoa, Nicholas Westfall, Fernando J. Kim
    Pages 257-275
  16. Kathryn L. Butler, George Velmahos
    Pages 277-290
  17. Shariq S. Raza, Marc de Moya
    Pages 291-308
  18. Massimo Sartelli, Fikri M. Abu-Zidan
    Pages 309-319
  19. Brodie Parent, Ronald V. Maier
    Pages 321-334
  20. Fikri M. Abu-Zidan, Ashraf F. Hefny
    Pages 335-360

About this book


This pocket manual is a practically oriented, wide-ranging guide to acute care surgery general aspects and to non-gastrointestinal emergencies. It covers the most common problems in thoracic, obstetric, gynecologic, anorectal, vascular and skin surgery and also includes chapters on postoperative complications in bariatric surgery, antibiotic management, nutrition and interventional radiology in acute care surgery. This guide stems from collaboration with the World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES) and aims to provide general surgeons, residents and trainees with a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the most relevant operative techniques and with useful  "tips and tricks" applicable in daily clinical practice. A second volume on gastrointestinal and abdominal surgical emergencies is also available.


Anorectal emergencies Antiobiotic management Hemothorax and pneumothorax Interventional radiology Neurosurgical emergencies Obstetric emergencies

Editors and affiliations

  • Salomone Di Saverio
    • 1
  • Fausto Catena
    • 2
  • Luca Ansaloni
    • 3
  • Federico Coccolini
    • 4
  • George Velmahos
    • 5
  1. 1.Emergency and Trauma Surgery ServiceC.A. Pizzardi Maggiore Hospital AUSL BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Emergency and Trauma SurgeryMaggiore Hospital of ParmaParmaItaly
  3. 3.General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery Papa Giovanni XXIII HospitalBergamoItaly
  4. 4.General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery Papa Giovanni XXIII HospitalBergamoItaly
  5. 5.Trauma, Emergency Medicine Harvard Medical SchoolMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

About the editors

Salomone Di Saverio is a Consultant Surgeon, performing elective General Surgery Procedures and Team Leader Consultant in Acute Care-Trauma Surgery. He is currently Clinical Head for Laparoscopy in Trauma Surgery in the Trauma Surgery Unit and Vice-Chair of the Trauma Surgery Unit, Trauma Center Maggiore Hospital Bologna. He performed more than 2850 major surgical procedures, mainly as first operator, many cases in laparoscopy. He described and published several original or innovative surgical techniques in both open and laparoscopic surgery.

Fausto Catena MD, PhD, FRCS is currently Chief of Emergency Surgery Department, Parma University Hospital, Italy. Until 2011, he worked as Consultant General Surgeon at the Dept. of General, Emergency and Transplant Surgery of the St Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna, Italy. He is Editor in Chief of the World Journal of Emergency Surgery, Former Editor of European Surgical Research, Editor Open Cardiovascular And Thoracic Surgery Journal, Editor World Journal of Gastroenterology, Editor of the Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Editor Journal of Tumor, Editor Global Journal of Surgery, Editor African Journal of Emergency Medicine, Editor di Transplantation Technologies and Research, Editor of Journal of Solid Tumors, Editor of Journal of Acute Disease, Editor Emergency Care Journal, Editor Edorium Journal of Transplantation , Editor BioMed Research International, Editor Turkish Journal of Surgery, Editor Journal of Infectious and Non Infectious Diseases, Editor Austin Journal of Infectious Diseases and Member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. He is General Secretary of the World Society of Emergency Surgery, and Past President of ESYS- European College of Surgeons.

Luca Ansaloni is currently Director of the General Surgery Unit of Bergamo Hospital. From 2001 to 2010 he worked as consultant surgeon in the Emergency and Trauma Surgery Unit of Maggiore Hospital – Bologna Local Health District.

Dr. Federico Coccolini graduated from University of Bologna (Italy) and got the Specialization in General Surgery at the University of Milan (Italy) with full marks cum laude. He is currently working as a staff Surgeon at the General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery Dept. of Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo (Italy). His main fields of interest are Emergency Surgery, Trauma, Abdominal Surgery and Surgical Oncology with particular focus on intra-abdominal advanced oncological diseases. He is a member of the board of the World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES) and of the Editorial Board of 3 international journals. He has published widely (> 90 papers) in international journals and has written several book chapters, most of them as first author.

George C. Velmahos, MD, PhD, MSEd received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Athens and his Masters in Medical Education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Since 2004 he is a Professor of Surgery in Harvard Medical School and the Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA). He is also the Trauma Program Leader at the Center for Integration of Medicine with Innovative Technology (CIMIT). He is a member of 23 medical professional societies, reviewer in 15 journals, member of the Editorial Board of 6 journals, the Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery and the Editor-In-Chief of the Current Trauma Reports. He has authored more than 370 peer-review publications and over 45 books and book chapters. He holds leadership positions in numerous surgical societies and the American College of Surgeons. He has been honored by multiple clinical, research and teaching awards and is the Director of the annual Harvard Trauma Symposium.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Acute Care Surgery Handbook
  • Book Subtitle Volume 1 General Aspects, Non-gastrointestinal and Critical Care Emergencies
  • Editors Salomone Di Saverio
    Fausto Catena
    Luca Ansaloni
    Federico Coccolini
    George Velmahos
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-15340-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-15341-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 516
  • Number of Illustrations 37 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Traumatic Surgery
    General Surgery
    Emergency Medicine
    Intensive / Critical Care Medicine
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