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SYMPOSIUM - POLYTRAUMA MANAGEMENT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-27

Damage control in orthopaedic patients


Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Alok Chandra Agrawal
Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur - 492 099, Chhattisgarh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7341.118742

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It has been found that many orthopaedic patients who have sustained multiple injuries benefit from the early total care of major bone fractures. However, early surgery has been found to be harmful to some multiply injured patients. Damage control orthopaedics is an approach that contains and stabilizes orthopaedic injuries so that the patient's overall physiology can improve. Its purpose is to avoid worsening of the patient's condition by the "second hit" of a major orthopaedic procedure and to delay definitive fracture repair until a time when the overall condition of the patient is optimized. The article deals with principles involve in damage control orthopaedics pertaining to diagnosis and management.


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