Parkland Trauma Handbook
- By: Andy Conway Morris
Trauma care is a comparatively new specialty whose origins lie in the advent of that particularly unpleasant 20th century feature, mass warfare. The need to deal with large numbers of acutely injured patients brought about not only the concept of triage but also the need rapidly and effectively to treat life threatening trauma.
After a plane crash in 1976, an American surgeon established the advanced trauma life support (ATLS) protocols, which were the basis for those in use internationally today. The use of these structured protocols has improved mortality dramatically, and for this reason other protocols have become increasingly widespread in trauma practice.
The Parkland Trauma Handbook is a concise review of the subject, written by surgical residents at Parkland Hospital, Texas, USA. It is divided into six sections. The initial section discusses general issues such as trauma epidemiology, ATLS protocols, and injury scoring. It also contains an interesting chapter