Hypothermia-Coagulopathy-Acidosis Syndrome: When to Operate/When to Stop Operating

  • Asher Hirshberg
  • Kenneth L. Mattox


Determining when to operate has traditionally been the most problematic decision when managing critically injured patients. Today the advent of aggressive trauma management algorithms now makes the decision to operate relatively straightforward. With few exceptions, the trauma patient in hemorrhagic shock is taken to the operating room within minutes of arrival at the hospital. Point of service adjuncts, including focused abdominal sonography, assist in the decision to operate.


Trauma Patient Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Damage Control Trauma Surgeon Massive Transfusion 
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  • Asher Hirshberg
  • Kenneth L. Mattox

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