Damage control is a naval term first used during World War II to describe emergency measures for control of flooding that threatens to sink a ship. A range of simple or complex procedures may be used, but the central goal is to ensure survival of the ship until it reaches a port where definitive repairs can be safely performed.
Damage Control Management in the Polytrauma Patient is a testament to how, in 2 decades, the damage control approach has transformed the resuscitation and early care of severely injured patients. This unique textbook, with 24 chapters and 58 authors, is both a technical manual and a clear illustration of the cultural challenges faced during a time of such radical transformation, especially by surgeons.
Gruen RL. Damage Control Management in the Polytrauma Patient. JAMA. 2011;306(5):552–553. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1074
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