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Scand J Surg. 2007;96(4):272-80.

Multidisciplinary approach for patients with pelvic fractures and hemodynamic instability.

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R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, USA.

Abstract

The hemodynamically unstable patient with a pelvic fracture presents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. The care of these patients requires a unique multidisciplinary approach with input and expertise from many different specialists. An understanding of pelvic anatomy and fracture patterns can help guide the diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan. The initial management of these patients must focus on rapid airway and hemorrhage control while preparing for ongoing blood loss. Rapid temporary fracture stabilization with simple bedside modalities is crucial in limiting additional blood loss. An exhaustive search must also be performed to evaluate for concomitant injuries that commonly accompany major pelvic fractures and the treatment of these other injuries must be appropriately prioritized. For patients who are unresponsive to standard resuscitation and bedside attempts at limiting hemorrhage, angiographic embolization is often utilized as the next step to attain hemodynamic stability. The key to successful management of these patients lies in the careful coordination of different specialists and the expertise that each brings to the clinical care of the patient.

PMID:
18265853
DOI:
10.1177/145749690709600403
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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