Pelvic ring fractures: Has mortality improved following the implementation of damage control resuscitation?

Caitlin A. Fitzgerald, Bryan C. Morse, Christopher J. Dente*

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Abstract

Methods A retrospective chart review was performed in an urban level I trauma center of all patients who sustained open or closed pelvic ring fractures between 2002 and 2012.

Background Over the last 10 years, the paradigm of damage control resuscitation (DCR) has been associated with improved patient outcomes. This study investigates the outcomes of both closed and open pelvic ring fractures at a single institution before and after the formal implementation of DCR principles.

Results Two thousand two hundred forty-seven patients presented with pelvic fractures between 2002 and 2012. Overall mortality was 10% (n = 212). Only 8% of all patients with closed fractures required DCR compared with 28% of patients with open fractures. There was no difference in mortality when comparing DCR and pre-DCR cohorts for either open or closed pelvic fractures.

Conclusions Interestingly, although DCR seems to lead to more efficient initial resuscitations, further improvements in patient mortality were not realized with formal implementation of DCR principles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1083-1090
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume208
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Damage control resuscitation
  • Patient mortality
  • Pelvic ring fractures

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