n South African Journal of Surgery - Damage control surgery : editorial

Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Damage control surgery (DCS) has been one of the major advances in trauma surgery over the past two decades and is now a well-established surgical strategy in the management of the severely injured and shocked patient. DCS refers to a conscious decision by the surgeon to minimise operative time in a seriously injured patient when the combined effects of the magnitude of the injury and the markedly altered physiological state of the patient preclude an immediate and safe definitive operative procedure.

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