Whole-body computed tomography is safe, effective and efficient in the severely injured hemodynamically unstable trauma patient
Trauma is a complex pathology that requires an experienced multidisciplinary team with an inherent quick decision-making capacity, given that a few minutes could represent a matter of life or death. These management decisions not only need to be quick but also accurate to be able to prioritize and to efficiently control the injuries that may be causing impending hemodynamic collapse. In essence, this is the cornerstone of the concept of Damage Control Trauma Care. With current technological advances, physicians have at their disposition multiple diagnostic imaging tools that can aid in this prompt decision-making algorithm. This manuscript aims to perform a literature review on this subject and to share the experience on the use of Whole Body Computed Tomography as a potentially safe, effective, and efficient diagnostic tool in cases of severely injured trauma patients regardless of their hemodynamic status. Our general recommendation is that, when feasible, perform a Whole-Body Computed Tomography without interrupting ongoing hemostatic resuscitation in cases of severely injured trauma patients with or without signs of hemodynamic instability. The use of this technology will aid in the decision-making of the best surgical approach for these patients without incurring any delay in definitive management and/or increasing significantly their radiation exposure.
- Whole-Body CT
- organ-selective CT
- Damage Control Trauma Care
- Hemodynamic instability
- Trauma Centers
- Advanced Trauma Life Support Care
- Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma
- Vascular System Injuries
- Operating Rooms
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