Penetrating Trauma: A Practical Guide on Operative Technique and Peri-Operative Management is a clinically relevant textbook written by clinicians for clinicians. It gives very detailed information on treatment of patients with multiple penetrating injuries.
The book is divided into several sections. These include prehospital care and rescue strategies and chapters about head, neck, facial, and penetrating thoracic, abdominal, pelvic, and retroperitoneal traumatic injuries. The authors discuss spinal injuries and the complexity of the management of patients with limb amputation injuries.
Specialized trauma management strategies are discussed such as management of patients with explosion injuries and management of geriatric patients or children with multiple penetrating injuries. Other chapters give detailed information about trauma care of pregnant women as well as management of bleeding in patients with or without coagulation disorders or coagulopathy due to medication.
Chapters on injuries of the neck, diagnostic and surgical management of injuries of the upper and lower urinary tract, thoracoabdominal injuries, and penetrating injuries of the neurocranium are also included.
All chapters are clearly written, well divided, and easy to read. The chapters provide drawings, pictures, and x-rays, such that the reader will not require referral to an anatomy text. At the end of each chapter, clinically relevant information is summarized, including emergency management, anesthetic treatment, and surgical approaches.
The book contains >10 chapters regarding trauma center management and how to organize emergency departments and trauma critical care units. The importance of anesthetic management and prehospital emergency medicine is explained in detail (“Advanced Trauma Life Support,” hypotensive restrictive volume therapy, management of pediatric patients, life-saving emergency surgery). Also, a chapter about disaster management is included and adequately covered.
The publishers found well-known international experts for this book—such as Ernest E. Moore, Michael Sugrue, and Peter M. Rhee—as well as a preface written by Donald “Don” Dean Trunkey from Oregon and Demetrios Demetriades from Los Angeles, CA.
In summary, Penetrating Trauma is well written. It is of interest not only for military surgeons, but is useful also for emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, and surgeons in general, covering practical aspects of penetrating trauma care. Comprehensive and team oriented, it gives best clinical practice guidelines for multiply-injured patients with penetrating injuries. In short, my recommendation is, Read it.