Do no harm: Damage control in an acute setting

By Peter Pollack

Dealing with unstable pelvic fractures and mangled extremities

Thus far in 2010, earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, China, and Mexico (Baja California) have exposed many volunteer orthopaedists to conditions and situations not frequently seen in a private practice. Some of these injuries, however, are similar to those incurred in combat, and military orthopaedists have developed guidelines that can help the general orthopaedist make quality decisions when confronted with unusual trauma.

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