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J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Oct;73(4):809-17. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e318265d1b8.

Hypothermia and hemostasis in severe trauma: A new crossroads workshop report.

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  • 1Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.



The hypothermia and hemostasis in severe trauma (HYPOSTAT): a new crossroads workshop was convened to evaluate the interplay among hypothermia, hemostasis, and severe trauma/hemorrhage. Trauma is the major cause of death in young individuals in the United States, with uncontrolled hemorrhage representing the major cause of preventable deaths.


This workshop organized by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the US Army Medical Research and Material Command as a forum for exchange of ideas among experts from diverse fields. The specific workshop goals were to (1) identify state-of-the-art and needs in knowledge of biology of hypothermia and hemostasis in the setting of significant traumatic injury; (2) provide an interdisciplinary forum to enhance knowledge regarding early detection of traumatic shock and monitoring of the level and effect of controlled hypothermia in severe trauma settings; and (3) identify future research directions of the role of therapeutic-oriented hypothermia and hemostasis in trauma with severe blood loss.


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Expert opinion and literature review.


This document provides a summary of the expert opinion and highlights the recommendations that came out of the discussions at this workshop to guide scientific efforts in basic, translational, and clinical research in this area.

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