A jockey sustains lower torsopelvic trauma after his horse falls on him while attempting to jump over a hurdle. The patient presents with an obvious crushed pelvis. The patient is hemodynamically stable. A retrograde urethrogram was performed (no urethral injury) followed by cystography that demonstrated an extraperitoneal bladder injury. Further diagnostic evaluation (computed tomography scan) demonstrated no abdominal pathology. The unstable pelvis fracture will require the application of an external fixator.Which of the following is an essential component of this specific management plan?
Diagnostic peritoneal lavage
KeywordsPelvic Fracture Pelvic Ring Acetabular Fracture Iliac Wing Urethral Injury
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