Prevention of infections associated with combat-related thoracic and abdominal cavity injuries

Gregory J. Martin*, James R. Dunne, John M. Cho, Joseph S. Solomkin, Duane R. Hospenthal, Clinton K. Murray, Romney C. Andersen, R. Bryan Bell, Jason H. Calhoun, Leopoldo C. Cancio, Kevin K. Chung, Jon C. Clasper, Marcus H. Colyer, Nicholas G. Conger, George P. Costanzo, Helen K. Crouch, Thomas K. Curry, Laurie C. D'Avignon, Warren C. Dorlac, Brian J. EastridgeJames R. Ficke, Mark E. Fleming, Michael A. Forgione, Andrew D. Green, Robert G. Hale, David K. Hayes, John B. Holcomb, Joseph R. Hsu, Kent E. Kester, Leon E. Moores, William T. Obremskey, Kyle Petersen, Evan M. Renz, Jeffrey R. Saffle, Deena E. Sutter, David R. Tribble, Joseph C. Wenke, Timothy J. Whitman, Andrew R. Wiesen, Glenn W. Wortmann

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Trauma-associated injuries of the thorax and abdomen account for the majority of combat trauma-associated deaths, and infectious complications are common in those who survive the initial injury. This review focuses on the initial surgical and medical management of torso injuries intended to diminish the occurrence of infection. The evidence for recommendations is drawn from published military and civilian data in case reports, clinical trials, meta-analyses, and previously published guidelines, in the interval since publication of the 2008 guidelines. The emphasis of these recommendations is on actions that can be taken in the forward-deployed setting within hours to days of injury. This evidence-based medicine review was produced to support the Guidelines for the Prevention of Infections Associated With Combat-Related Injuries: 2011 Update contained in this supplement of Journal of Trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S270-S281
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number2 SUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Abdomen
  • Combat
  • Infection
  • Prevention
  • Thorax
  • Trauma


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