For more than a century, the perfect formula for resuscitation of shock in the injured patient has been sought. The search has greatly benefitted from the curiosity and intelligence of surgeons assigned to care for combat injuries. A unique feature of combat medical care is the opportunity to blend knowledge from civilian care into strategies for care of combat injuries. The lessons learned are used to improve outcomes for combat injuries and these lessons are returned into civilian trauma practice and adjusted to improve civilian outcomes.
Flint L. Surgeons Rediscover, Patient Outcomes ImproveComment on “FFP:RBC Resuscitation Ratio and Post-Shock Fluid Uptake”. JAMA Surg. 2013;148(3):245. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.632
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