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Damage Control Management in the Polytrauma Patient

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  • Cook book” for multiple professions involved in polytrauma treatment, edited by pioneers in the field
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This book is an unparalleled source of cutting-edge information on every aspect of rescue, trauma management, and fracture care in the polytrauma/multiple injured patient. Damage control surgery is approached logically and systematically by dividing treatment into phases. The common goal of treating life-threatening conditions first, then treating major pelvic and extremity fractures, requires cooperation among all major disciplines and subspecialties involved in the care of polytrauma patients, and the book is accordingly multidisciplinary in nature. It is edited by pioneers in the field and the authors are all acclaimed experts. This second, revised and updated edition of Damage Control Management in the Polytrauma Patient will be invaluable for all clinicians who must weigh life-saving operations against limb-threatening conditions, including emergency personnel, trauma surgeons, orthopaedic traumatologists, and anesthesiologists.

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Introduction: Pathophysiology

  2. General Treatment Principles

  3. Phases of Damage Control

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Trauma, Zurich University, Zurich, Switzerland

    Hans-Christoph Pape

  • Division of General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, USA

    Andrew B. Peitzman

  • Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, University of Rochester, Medical Center, Rochester, USA

    Michael F. Rotondo

  • Department of Academic Trauma & Orthopaedics, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

    Peter V. Giannoudis

About the editors

Hans-Christoph Pape, MD, FACS, graduated in 1988 from Hannover Medical School, where he then completed a residency in trauma surgery. He was appointed Full Professor of Trauma Surgery at the School in 2000. Between 2003 and 2005 Dr. Pape was also a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School and other U.S. universities. Dr. Pape is currently W. Pauwels Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic/Trauma Surgery at the University of Aachen Medical Center, Germany. During his career, Dr. Pape has received many awards, including the Novartis Prize (2005), the Swiss AO Foundation Annual Award (2006), and the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2008). He is the Editor in Chief for Open Access Emergency Medicine and a Section Editor for Injury and the European Journal of Trauma. Dr. Pape has been the lead author on 81 publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-author of a further 220. He is also the editor or author of several important booksand has led many courses on polytrauma management.


Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, is Professor in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery, The School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.  He is also Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group.  Prior to this he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Vidant Medical Centre in Greenville, North Carolina for 14 years. Dr. Rotondo graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1984 and then undertook postgraduate training at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Fellowship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care). He gained his board certification from the American Board of Surgery in 1990 and also holds a Special Certificate in Surgical Critical Care and is counted among the The Best Doctors in America.  Dr. Rotondo has held a number of visiting professorships across the United States and currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Editorial Review Board for Journal of Trauma and an ad hoc reviewer for many leading journals. Dr. Rotondo is the author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has over 250 publications in total.


Peter Giannoudis, BSc, MB, MD, FRCS, is Professor in the Academic Department of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK and Honorary Consultant at Leeds General Infirmary. He specializes in the management of multiple injured patients and has major interest in reconstructive surgery and the molecular aspects of trauma. Dr. Giannoudis is a past President of the British Trauma Society and of the European Society of Pelvis and Acetabulum. He is also an Executive Board Member of the British Orthopaedic Association National Trauma committee, an instructor for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the British Orthopaedic Association, an executive member of the EFORT Trauma Task Force, and past Chairman of the AO polytrauma course. Dr. Giannoudis is the author of more than 450 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as seven textbooks. He is Editor in Chief of Injury, Associate Editor of Bone & Joint Surgery (Am) and an editorial board member for various other journals.


Andrew B. Peitzman, MD, holds the Mark M. Ravitch Endowed Chair in Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is also Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Since 1997 Dr. Peitzman has been Chief of the Division of General Surgery in the Department of Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including appointment as Distinguished Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2012) and regular inclusion in The Best Doctors in America. Dr. Peitzman is an editorial board member of the Journal of Trauma, World Journal of Emergency Surgery, Revista de Medicina y Cirugia del Trauma (Argentina), and Emergency Medicine and Catastrophes (Spain). He is an Advisory Board and Section Editor for the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. Dr. Peitzman's particular areas of clinical interest include complicated abdominal surgery and critical care medicine, and he has participated in many successful clinical research endeavors. He is the author of more than 180 refereed articles.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Damage Control Management in the Polytrauma Patient

  • Editors: Hans-Christoph Pape, Andrew B. Peitzman, Michael F. Rotondo, Peter V. Giannoudis

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-52427-6Published: 18 May 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-84904-1Published: 28 July 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-52429-0Published: 04 April 2017

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XI, 338

  • Number of Illustrations: 37 b/w illustrations, 58 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Traumatic Surgery, Surgical Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Intensive / Critical Care Medicine

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