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5th Edition

Manual of Definitive Surgical Trauma Care, Fifth Edition

ISBN 9781138500112
Published August 7, 2019 by CRC Press
464 Pages 150 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Developed for the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC), the Manual of Definitive Surgical Trauma Care 5e is ideal for training all surgeons who encounter major surgical trauma on an infrequent basis.
This new edition includes both an e-version, and also a microSD card containing over 20 operative videos. The increasing role of non-operative management (NOM) has been recognised, and the Military Module is substantially updated to reflect recent conflict experience. An expanded section highlights trauma management under austere conditions.Written by faculty who teach the DSTC Course, this definitive and well established book focuses on life-saving surgical techniques to use in challenging and unfamiliar incidents of trauma.

Table of Contents

Video Contents



Injury Prevention

Training in the Initial Management of Severe Trauma

The DSTC™ Course

The DATC™ Course


About the Author

1. Safe and Sustainable Trauma Care

2. Communication and Non-Technical Skills (NOTTS) in Major Trauma: The Role of Crew Resource Management (CRM)

3. Pre-Hospital and Emergency Trauma Care

4. Resuscitation Physiology

5. Transfusion in Trauma

6. Damage Control

7. The Neck

8. The Chest

9. The Abdomen

9.1. The Trauma Laparotomy

9.2. Abdominal Vascular Injury

9.3. Bowel, Rectum and Diaphragm

9.4. The Liver and Biliary System

9.5. Spleen

9.6. Pancreas

9.7. The Duodenum

9.8. The Urogenital System

10. The Pelvis

11. Extremity Trauma

12. Head Trauma

13. Burns

14. Special Patient Situations

15. Minimal Access Surgery in Trauma

16. Imaging in Trauma

17. Critical Care of the Trauma Patient

18. Trauma Anaesthesia

19. Psychology of Trauma

20. Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PR&M)

21. Austere Environments

22. Military Environments

Appendix A: Trauma Systems

Appendix B: Trauma Scores and Scoring Systems

Appendix C: The Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course: The Definitive Anaesthetic Trauma Care Course: Course Requirements And Syllabus

Appendix D: Definitive Surgical Trauma CareTM Course – Core Surgical Skills

Appendix E: Briefing for Operating Room Scrub Nurses


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Professor Ken Boffard is Professor of Surgery and Trauma Director at Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, and until recently, Head of the Department of Surgery at Johannesburg Hospital and the University of the Witwatersrand. He was previously Head of the Johannesburg Hospital Trauma Unit. He qualified in Johannesburg, and trained in Surgery at the Birmingham Accident Hospital and Guy’s Hospital.

He is past President of the International Society of Surgery (ISS) in Switzerland, the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC), and Chair of the IATSIC Education Committee. He is a Fellow of five Surgical Colleges, and has received Honorary Fellowships from the American College of Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand, College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, and the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

His passion is surgical education, and various aspects of trauma resuscitation, intensive care, and regional planning of Trauma Systems. His interests include flying (he is a licensed fixed wing and helicopter pilot), scuba diving, and aeromedical care. His research interests include coagulation, haemostasis and critical bleeding.

He is a Colonel in the South African Military Health Service.

He is a Freeman of the City of London by redemption, and an elected Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots of London.

He is married with two children.