Haemodynamically unstable pelvic trauma: initial validation of a dedicated protocol by a retrospective cohort study with historical controls

  • Stefano Magnone Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8001-3754
  • Marco Ceresoli Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Federico Coccolini Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Gabriela Elisa Nita Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Luigi Rizzi Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Cecilia Merli Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Renata Colombi Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Dario Piazzalunga Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Tino Martino Valetti Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Claudio Castelli Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Luca Ansaloni Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
Keywords: preperitoneal pelvic packing, pelvic trauma, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)©, angiography, Trauma Team

Abstract

Background: We present our experience after the introduction of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)©, Trauma Team (TT) and Preperitoneal Pelvic Packing (PPP) protocols for the treatment of hemodynamically unstable pelvic blunt trauma.

Methods: This is a retrospective study with historical controls: before (Control Group, CG) and after (Study Group SG) the introduction of the protocol. A single physician managed the CG and angiography was the emergency manoeuvre. A team with ATLS guidelines and PPP as an emergency manoeuvre managed the SG. Data were collected retrospectively. Patients were divided into two groups: before and after the introduction of protocols.

Results: From January 2007 to October 2014, 36 patients were treated at our Centre. We consider patients from January 2007 to August 2011 (19 patients, CG) and from September 2011 to October 2014 (17 patients, SG). Median age was 54 years (43–69) in the CG vs. 47 (40–63) in the SG (p = 0.43), median initial SBP 90 mmHg (85–103) in the CG 94 (69–103) in the SG, (p = 0.60), heart rate was 90 (80–110) in the G and 110 (95–130) in the SG, (p = 0.09). Median Injury Severity Score was 33 (21–41) in the CG and 34 (26–41) in the SG (p = 0.29). Time from arrival in the Emergency Department to first therapeutic manoeuvre was 132 minutes (109–180) in the CG and 87 minutes (51–204) in the SG (p = 0.4). The difference in mortality was statistically significant: 64.7% (11/17) in the CG and 23.5% (4/17) in the SG (p = 0.02).

Conclusions: The introduction of protocols changed our approach in hemodynamically unstable pelvic trauma, achieving a remarkable improvement in early mortality.

Author Biographies

Stefano Magnone, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII

General Surgery I, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy

Marco Ceresoli, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
General Surgery I, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Federico Coccolini, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
General Surgery I, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Gabriela Elisa Nita, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
General Surgery I, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Luigi Rizzi, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Cecilia Merli, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
Accident and Emergency Department, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Renata Colombi, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
Accident and Emergency Department, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Dario Piazzalunga, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
General Surgery I, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Tino Martino Valetti, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
Intensive Care Unit, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Claudio Castelli, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Luca Ansaloni, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
General Surgery I, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy
Published
2018-11-08
How to Cite
Magnone, S., Ceresoli, M., Coccolini, F., Nita, G., Rizzi, L., Merli, C., Colombi, R., Piazzalunga, D., Valetti, T., Castelli, C., & Ansaloni, L. (2018). Haemodynamically unstable pelvic trauma: initial validation of a dedicated protocol by a retrospective cohort study with historical controls. South African Journal of Surgery, 56(4), 33-39. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/2682
Section
Trauma