Damage control laparotomy has transformed the practice of trauma and acute care surgery in the modern era.1 However, its indications and implementation remain more art than science. Although damage control laparotomy can be lifesaving for the right patient, poor patient selection and suboptimal management after the index operation can diminish the benefits of this strategy.
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