Dismounted Complex Blast Injury


The severe Dismounted Complex Blast Injury (DCBI) is characterized by high-energy injuries to the bilateral lower extremities (usually proximal transfemoral amputations) and/or upper extremity (usually involving the non-dominant side), in addition to open pelvic injuries, genitourinary, and abdominal trauma. Initial resuscitation and multidisciplinary surgical management appear to be the keys to survival. Definitive treatment follows general principals of open wound management and includes decontamination through aggressive and frequent debridement, hemorrhage control, viable tissue preservation, and appropriate timing of wound closure. These devastating injuries are associated with paradoxically favorable survival rates, but associated injuries and higher amputation levels lead to moredifficult reconstructive challenges. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 21(1):2–7, 2012)

SKU: JSOA-2012-21-1-SP1 Categories: , Tags: , ,

COL Romney C. Andersen, MD; CDR Mark Fleming, DO; COL Jonathan A.
Forsberg, MD; LtCol Wade T. Gordon, MD; CDR George P. Nanos, III, MD;
LtCol Michael T. Charlton, MD; COL James R. Ficke, MD