Spinal injury assessment and clearance
Do relatives benefit from witnessing the trauma resuscitation?
Damage control surgery is one of the major advances in surgical technique in the past 20 years. Multiple trauma patients are more likely to die from their intra-operative metabolic failure that from a failure to complete operative repairs. Patients with major exsanguinating injuries will not survive complex procedures. The operating team must undergo a shift in their mindset if the patient is to survive such devastating injuries.