Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X
Year: 2013, vol. 19, issue 2
Subject Collection: Oral and Dental Medicine
Published online: 22 March 2013
J of IMAB 2013; 19(2):282-285
MAXILLOFACIAL TRAUMA MANAGEMENT IN POLYTRAUMATIZED PATIENTS – THE USE OF ADVANCED TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT (ATLS) PRINCIPLES.
Elitsa G. Deliverska, Lachesar P. Stefanov
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of dental medicine - Sofia, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Management of the multiply injured patient requires a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary approach in order to optimise patients’ outcome. A working knowledge of the sort of problems these patients encounter is therefore vital to ensure that life-threatening injuries are recognised and treated in a timely pattern and that more minor associated injuries are not omitted. This article outlines the management of polytraumatized patients using the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) principles and highlights the areas of specific involvement of the engaged medical team. Advanced Trauma Life Support is generally regarded as the gold standard and is founded on a number of well known principles, but strict adherence to protocols may have its drawbacks when facial trauma co-exists. These can arise in the presence of either major or minor facial injuries, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons need to be aware of the potential problems.
Key words: ATLS, fractures, maxillofacial, trauma.
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Deliverska EG, Stefanov LP. Maxillofacial trauma management in polytraumatized patients – the use of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) principles. J of IMAB. 2013; 19(2):282-285. doi:10.5272/jimab.2013192.282
Correspondence to: Elitsa Georgieva Deliverska, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University - Sofia. 1, St. Georgi Sofiiski boul., 1431 Sofia, Bulgaria;
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Received: 14 January 2013
Published online: 22 March 2013
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