Print this page Email this page
Users Online: 378
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 131-136

Operability in polytrauma

Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kenneth Ezenwa Amaefule
Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-9596.167473

Rights and Permissions

Trauma has been on the increase worldwide with significant morbidity and mortality, especially when it occurs in the form of polytrauma. The management of these patients has witnessed significant changes over the last decade with the better understanding of the pathophysiology of polytrauma and the recognition of the benefits of early fracture stabilization as part of the damage control orthopedics (DCO) surgical resuscitation of these patients. Inspite of these, the operability of the polytraumatized patients occasionally becomes contentious amongst the surgical trauma team. Available evidence, shows that the focus of polytrauma resuscitation in contemporary trauma surgical practice has now shifted to the operating room, to improve outcome in polytrauma management. An electronic search was done in the PubMed and EBSCO databases for relevant published articles on polytrauma. The terms "Polytrauma OR Multiple trauma" AND operability were entered. Only original articles on multiple trauma involving long bone(s) fractures and at least a thoracic injury not requiring intensive care treatment, or head injury with an initial Glasgow coma score ≥ 8 points or both, published in the last 2 decades were reviewed. In addition, the references from some of the retrieved articles were also reviewed to identify suitable articles.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded235    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal