Experience with over 2500 diagnostic peritoneal lavages.

  title={Experience with over 2500 diagnostic peritoneal lavages.},
  author={Kimberly K. Nagy and Roxanne R. Roberts and Kimberly T. Joseph and Robert C. Smith and Gary An and Faran Bokhari and John G. Barrett},
  volume={31 7},
This study was undertaken to confirm the safety and efficacy of diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) for trauma patients. A prospectively maintained database of all DPLs performed in the past 75 months was analyzed. A red blood cell count of 100,000/mm(3) was considered positive for injury in blunt trauma; 10,000/mm(3) was considered positive for peritoneal penetration in penetrating trauma. Information relative to type of injury, DPL result, laparotomy result and complications, was analysed to… CONTINUE READING