Common Wounding Mechanisms and Injury Patterns

  • Miklosh BalaEmail author
  • Jeffry Kashuk
Part of the Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma book series (HTACST)


Terrorist attacks, as a mechanism of injury, continue to be a worldwide challenge to trauma centers, resulting in tremendous and varied injury patterns often in large numbers of victims. While terrorists may use many different approaches to inflict injury, explosive devices, often homemade, have continued to be the prime weaponry for terror-related events. These attacks create mass-casualty emergencies and trigger unique pattern of injuries which require a detailed understanding by the treatment team in order to provide optimal care. Other commonly used injury mechanisms include gunshots and knives. Finally, blunt trauma in terror-related MCI may be caused by stoning and intentional road accidents (car ramming).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trauma and Acute Care Surgery UnitHadassah—Hebrew University Medical CenterJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Assia Medical GroupTel Aviv University-Sackler School of MedicineTel AvivIsrael

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