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Invited Critique
March 2013

Surgeons Rediscover, Patient Outcomes Improve: Comment on “FFP:RBC Resuscitation Ratio and Post-Shock Fluid Uptake”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Education, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois.

JAMA Surg. 2013;148(3):245. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.632

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.