Ballistic Trauma: A Practical Guide / Edition 2

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Ballistic Trauma: A Practical Guide provides a concise guide to the clinical and operational issues surrounding the management of the ballistic casualty. The book crystallizes the knowledge and experience accrued by those dealing with ballistic trauma on a regular basis and extends this to those who have to manage these patients on an occasional basis only.

This book is aimed at all medical and paramedical personnel involved in the care of patients with ballistic injury. It will be especially relevant for consultants and senior trainees in surgery, anesthesia and emergency medicine who are likely to be involved in the management of these unique injuries. It will be an essential reference for pre-hospital care providers and nurses working in the emergency room and intensive care. Military surgeons and medical and nursing staff on deployment in regions of conflict will find the book a valuable resource.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second edition of a review book on the physiology, physics, and management of various types of small weapons injury. Small weapons, for this purpose, are defined as handguns, rifles, and semiautomatic weapons. The first edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: An overview on management, principles and physics of small weapons trauma is provided. As use of these weapons is becoming more common, a reference such as this is valuable.
Audience: Fellows and senior practitioners managing injury in the intensive care unit, trauma service and emergency department are an appropriate audience for this work. Editors and authors are international experts based in the United Kingdom and United States.
Features: Four sections, 28 chapters and 10 final essays are included in a hardbound, handsome book of approximately 650 pages. Initial chapters describe the physics of ballistic injury and the politics and forensic aspects of ballistic trauma. The largest group of chapters describe care of victims of ballistic injury beginning in the prehospital setting and continuing through the emergency department, critical care unit and operating room. Final chapters include personal reflections from experts with exposure to conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East and service in the support of military operations. Chapters are well written. An ample reference list is provided with each. References date to within two to three years of publication. Black-and-white illustrations are provided. Photographs reproduce with adequate, though not excellent, quality. Black-and-white line drawings contain good detail but are sometimes hard to read due to the "fine print." The table of contents divides chapters by section and summarizes authorship while a detailed index of 30 pages concludes.
Assessment: This is a worthy update of the first edition dating to the late 1990s. Clinical practice, not physics is emphasized. Much of the new thinking regarding resuscitation and local wound management is included here.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852336783
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/17/2005
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The international small arms situation : a public health approach 3
2 Guns and bullets : Part 1 : how guns work 31
Guns and bullets : Part 2 : the effects of bullets 40
3 Bombs, mines, blast, fragmentation, and thermobaric mechanisms of injury 45
4 Ballistic protection 67
5 Forensic aspects of ballistic injury 91
6 Ballistic trauma, armed violence, and international law 122
7 Prehospital care 137
8 Resuscitation and anesthesia for the ballistic casuality 151
9 Clinical ballistics : surgical management of soft-tissue injuries - general principles 168
10 Damage control 180
11 Neck injury 209
12 Thoracic injury 241
13 Penetrating genitourinary trauma : management by the nonspecialist surgeon 270
14 Abdomen and pelvis 299
15 Management of ballistic trauma to the head 325
16 Spinal injury 348
17 Limb injuries 356
18 Vascular injury 381
19 Ballistic trauma in children 396
20 Injuries in pregnancy 418
21 Burns 424
22 Intensive care of the trauma patient with ballistic injuries 445
23 Imaging triage for ballistic trauma 465
24 Training to manage ballistic trauma 486
25 Hospital and system assessment 513
26 Triage 527
27 Managing ballistic injury in the military environment : the concept of forward surgical support 535
28 Managing ballistic injury in the NGO environment 541
A Ballistic missile injuries in the siege of Sarajevo 1992-1995 569
B Vascular injuries in the groin 576
C Conflict surgery 579
D Surgery in the camps 585
E Ballistics - lessons learned 592
F African education 594
G The role of intensive care in the management of ballistic trauma in war 596
H Survivors and shooters 599
I Rectal examination revisited 606
Where a trauma surgeon can go ballistic? 611
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