Emergency department assessment and management of facial trauma from war-related injuries

Michael P. Ogilvie, Bruno M.T. Pereira, Mark L. Ryan, Zubin J. Panthaki

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Abstract

Facial trauma related to combat injury is of increasing prevalence and complex in nature when associated with the multiply injured trauma victim. Although rarely life-threatening, the treating physician must be aware of the presence of facial trauma and its associated injuries to seamlessly treat the combat casualty in accordance to the Advanced Trauma Life Support protocol while maintaining the armed forces' ultimate goals of returning "the greatest possible number of soldiers to combat and the preservation of life, limb and eyesight in those who must be evacuated." To this end, the treating physician must maintain a high index of suspicion for injury and have various maneuvers available to handle immediate threats to life, limb, or sight. This article will review the proper emergency department assessment and management of prevalent injuries associated with war-related facial trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1002-1008
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Facial trauma
  • emergency
  • facial fractures
  • ocular injury
  • war

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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