The Epidemiology of Noncompressible Torso Hemorrhage in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
ARMY INST OF SURGICAL RESEARCH FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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Vascular injury with concomitant hemorrhage is the leading cause of potentially preventable death in both civilian and military trauma patients.1-9 Studies from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have suggested that up to 80 of potentially survivable patients die as a result of exsanguination.5,6 These studies categorize bleeding broadly in this context as compressible or noncompressible, depending on whether the hemorrhage control measures can be applied soon after the point of injury.
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