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Over the past decade, Donald Jenkins, M.D., has participated in research activities related to resuscitation of trauma patients and specifically related to transfusion and transfusion ratios, now to include transfusion in the prehospital area. Dr. Jenkins also has a strong interest in trauma system development and management of patients with acute care surgical conditions.
With the leading cause of preventable trauma death being hemorrhage, hemorrhage control is imperative to achieve optimal survival in trauma patients. Delaying transfusion until the patient arrives in the hospital is not necessarily going to benefit the maximum number of patients, but the logistics of hemorrhage control can be quite challenging. Using a variety of hemorrhage control devices and resuscitation techniques should result in additional lives saved.
Having a starting point for the evaluation and care of patients with undefined acute illnesses needing surgical care is a necessary first step toward implementing widespread practice guidelines.
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