Prevention and management of infections associated with combat-related head and neck injuries

Kyle Petersen*, David K. Hayes, Jeffrey P. Blice, Robert G. Hale

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Maxillofacial injuries constitute 16% of all war-related injuries. This review focuses on data available from military and civilian studies to provide evidence-based recommendations for the modification of infections associated with combat-related injuries to the head and neck. The major emphasis of this review is on the study of subsequent infection, perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis, debridement of devitalized tissue, optimal time to wound closure to achieve a water tight seal, wound irrigation with removal of debris and gross contaminants, fracture fixation, and removal of ocular foreign bodies with intravitreal antibiotics. Further studies are needed in combat-related injuries to the head and neck in military personnel to provide the highest evidence-based medicine recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S265-S276
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume64
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Combat
  • Head
  • Infection
  • Maxillofacial
  • Neck
  • Trauma

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