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Prehospital Damage Control Resuscitation

  • Timothy E. Scott
  • Lance Stuke
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Abstract

Prehospital trauma medicine is both one of the most demanding and rewarding fields of medicine available to health-care providers. The challenge of delivering fast and effective medical interventions in a chaotic, potentially dangerous, or environmentally uncomfortable circumstances will suit only a small proportion of the medical fraternity. To succeed, information must be gathered quickly and shared with the medical team and a plan generated. Quick and decisive decision-making is of paramount importance as is the communication of information within the team and with relevant outside agencies. Effective team working is essential. The predominate aims of the team are to limit further blood loss, to protect the airway and to provide adequate analgesia. In a mass casualty event, triage and medical organization assume priority as effective command and control becomes vital.

Well-trained and resourced clinicians can deliver high-quality medical care in any environment that results in reduction in mortality, effective pain control, and a well-organized transfer to hospital that will result in a myriad of unmeasurable but nonetheless important effects for the victims of trauma, their families, and other first responders alike.

Keywords

Civilian Military Damage control Prehospital Resuscitation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy E. Scott
    • 1
  • Lance Stuke
    • 2
  1. 1.Academic Department of Military Anaesthesia and Critical CareRoyal Centre for Defence Medicine, ICT CentreBirminghamUK
  2. 2.LSU Department of SurgeryNew OrleansUSA

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