Current Surgery Reports

, 6:16 | Cite as

How to Teach Surgical Residents during Damage Control Surgery

  • Lisa L. Schlitzkus
  • Brett H. Waibel
  • Paul J. SchenartsEmail author
Trauma Surgery (J. Diaz, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Trauma Surgery


Purpose of Review

Damage control can be difficult to teach. Residents have few operative trauma experiences. During damage control situations, the resident’s education may be lost in the stressful and fast, paced operating room due to patient care taking priority. Fortunately, there are numerous other opportunities to teach this important concept outside of the operating room.

Recent Findings

Damage control can be taught in a three step cycle from war games to intraoperative teaching during a crisis and ending with an after action review. This process is also applicable to other intraoperative crises and acute medical conditions such as a code event.


This manuscript describes multiple opportunities for education both in and outside the operating room when during the stressful moment, patient care takes priority.


Damage control Resident education War games Intraoperative teaching After action review 


Compliance with Ethical Guidelines

Conflict of interest

Lisa L. Schlitzkus, Brett H. Waibel, and Paul J. Schenarts declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa L. Schlitzkus
    • 1
  • Brett H. Waibel
    • 1
  • Paul J. Schenarts
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of MedicineOmahaUSA

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