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OBJECTIVE To assemble an international panel of experts to develop consensus recommendations on selected important issues on the use of ultrasonography (US) in trauma care. SETTING R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Md. The conference was held on December 4, 1997. PARTICIPANTS A committee of two(More)
Ultrasound diagnostic imaging, having been used in Germany in the trauma setting for more than 15 years, has unique qualities that give it distinct advantages over other tests (DPL, CT), and is gradually gaining acceptance by surgeons in the United States. In this prospective study, experienced surgeon sonographers successfully used ultrasound as the(More)
Ultrasound diagnostic imaging has been demonstrated to be a valuable investigative tool in the evaluation of trauma patients in Europe and Japan. In the United States, however, ultrasound has not been widely used by trauma surgeons because of its lack of availability in the trauma resuscitation area and the associated cost and lack of full-time availability(More)
The relative infrequency of blunt carotid artery trauma prompted a multicenter review to determine the spectrum of injuries, treatment strategies, and neurologic outcome. During a six-year period, 60 carotid artery injuries from blunt mechanisms in 49 patients were treated at 11 institutions. There were 11 bilateral injuries. Injury mechanisms were diverse(More)
BACKGROUND Ultrasound is quickly becoming part of the trauma surgeon's practice, but its role in the patient with a penetrating truncal injury is not well defined. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of emergency ultrasound as it was introduced into five Level I trauma centers for the diagnosis of acute hemopericardium. METHODS Surgeons(More)
Diagnosis of diaphragmatic injury (DI) can be difficult in patients with penetrating trauma because physical examination, computed tomographic scan, chest x-ray films, and diagnostic peritoneal lavage may miss these injuries. Mandatory exploration has been recommended because of the increased mortality associated with missed DI. Thoracoscopy was(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy and safety of a two-tier trauma response, using prehospital criteria for matching trauma center assets with severity of injury. DESIGN A prospective iterative study on a consecutive sample of patients to test the hypothesis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Criteria were developed whereby in-hospital response was determined by(More)
BACKGROUND The focused assessment for the sonographic examination of the trauma patient (FAST) is a rapid diagnostic test that sequentially surveys for hemopericardium and then the right upper quadrant (RUQ), left upper quadrant (LUQ), and pelvis for hemoperitoneum in patients with potential truncal injuries. The sequence of the abdominal part of the(More)
BACKGROUND The use of ultrasound (U/S) for the evaluation of patients with blunt abdominal trauma is gaining increasing acceptance. Patients who would have undergone computed tomographic (CT) scan may now be evaluated solely with U/S. Solid organ injuries with minimal or no free fluid may be missed by surgeon sonographers. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this(More)