Abdominal Trauma, Damage Control
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The term “damage control” was coined by the US Navy during World War II, and was defined as those procedures and skills employed to maintain or restore the watertight integrity, stability, or offensive power in a warship. This military term is used today to describe the management of the surgical equivalent of a sinking ship. The concept was introduced by Stone et al. in 1983  and promulgated by the Ben Taub General group . The fundamentals of damage control surgery (DCS) are to limit the operation to essential interventions, namely, controlling hemorrhage, shunting major vascular injuries, and limiting enteric contamination, in patients who are dying due to the bloody viscous cycle (the lethal triad of hypothermia, coagulopathy, and acidosis) (Fig. 1) . Aborting the operation enables one to return the patient to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) for resuscitation and correction of the coagulopathy. Once physiologic restoration...
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