ICU Management of Trauma Patients

Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FCCM; Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FCCM


Crit Care Med. 2018;46(12):1991-1997. 

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Management of critically ill trauma patients continues to evolve, although the basic principles of rapid identification and management of life-threatening injuries remain the same. Major, open surgical procedures have often been replaced by nonoperative or less-invasive approaches, shifting much of the early management to the ICU, where the goal is to restore homeostasis while watching closely for failure of nonoperative management, complications of procedures, and missed injuries. Close collaboration between the intensivist and the surgical teams is critical for optimizing patient outcomes.