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August 1974

Value of the G Suit in Patients With Severe Pelvic FractureControlling Hemorrhagic Shock

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery (Drs. Batalden, Wickstrom, and Ruiz) and orthopedics (Dr. Gustilo), Hennepin County General Hospital, Minneapolis.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(2):326-328. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360020186036

We applied the G suit to ten patients with severe pelvic trauma. It was left in place for 24 to 48 hours. In patients where laparotomy was necessary, it was applied immediately postoperatively. Mechanical ventilation was used in all patients. Blisters of the skin developed in two. In contrast with our earlier experience with comparable patients without use of the G suit, we found that the G suit decreased hemorrhage and contributed to the restoration of blood pressure.