Acute Crit Care.  2020 Nov;35(4):237-241. 10.4266/acc.2020.00941.

Damage control strategy in bleeding trauma patients

  • 1Department of Trauma Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Uijeongbu, Korea


Hemorrhagic shock is a main cause of death in severe trauma patients. Bleeding trauma patients have coagulopathy on admission, which may even be aggravated by incorrectly directed resuscitation. The damage control strategy is a very urgent and essential aspect of management considering the acute coagulopathy of trauma and the physiological status of bleeding trauma patients. This strategy has gained popularity over the past several years. Patients in extremis cannot withstand prolonged definitive surgical repair. Therefore, an abbreviated operation, referred to as damage control surgery (DCS), is needed. In addition to DCS, the likelihood of survival should be maximized for patients in extremis by providing appropriate critical care, including permissive hypotension, hemostatic resuscitation, minimization of crystalloid use, early use of tranexamic acid, and avoidance of hypothermia and hypocalcemia. This review presents an overview of the evolving strategy of damage control in bleeding trauma patients.


blood transfusion; critical care; hemorrhage; injury; resuscitation
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