Haemorrhage control: lessons from the military
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Haemorrhage control: lessons from the military

William Rowell Junior charge nurse in the emergency department, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

William Rowell asks whether civilian trauma units should change how they manage injuries that involve massive loss of blood

Traumatic injuries with haemorrhage are among the leading causes of death in military and civilian settings. Following recent combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, the UK military has made advances in, for example, first-responder haemorrhage control, massive transfusion protocols and equipment, and it is important that staff in ED settings study the results. With reference to a case study concerning a patient who received a fatal stab wound to his femoral artery, this article examines the haemorrhage-control methods adopted by military and civilian emergency medical services to determine if any lessons can be learned and applied to similar cases.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 7,20-24. doi: 10.7748/en2013.11.21.7.20.e1209

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will1713@gmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 17 June 2013

Accepted: 18 July 2013