Open Pelvic Fracture: an Injury for Trauma Centers.
Twenty-seven blunt trauma patients with open pelvic fracture who were seen in a trauma center over a 10-year period were characterized for treatment and resource consumption. Age, injury severity score, mortality, mechanism of injury, associated injuries, blood requirement, length of stay (LOS), surgical procedures, and complications were analyzed. There was a mean of 26 units of blood transfused, 9 operative procedures, and LOS of 43 days. Associated injuries were common. Aggressive hemorrhage and sepsis control, including 2 hemipelvectomies, resulted in an overall survival rate of 85%, with no mortality occurring in the last 20 patients. The reduced mortality obtained in the treatment of this highly resource consumptive injury suggests that open pelvic fracture should be managed at a trauma center, where these resources are immediately available.
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Sinnott, R., Rhodes, M., & Brader, A. (1992). Open pelvic fracture: an injury for trauma centers. American Journal Of Surgery, 163(3), 283-287.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery
Department of Surgery