Early haemorrhage control and management of trauma-induced coagulopathy: the importance of goal-directed therapy

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Purpose of reviewThe aim of this study was to discuss the recent developments in trauma-induced coagulopathy and the evolvement of goal-directed therapy.Recent findingsMortality from major trauma continues to be a worldwide problem, and massive haemorrhage remains a major cause in 40% of potentially preventable trauma deaths. Development of trauma-induced coagulopathy challenges 25–35% of the patients further increasing trauma mortality. The pathophysiology of coagulopathy in trauma reflects at least two distinct mechanisms: Acute traumatic coagulopathy, consisting of endogenous heparinization, activation of the protein C pathway, hyperfibrinolysis and platelet dysfunction, and resuscitation associated coagulopathy. Clear fluid resuscitation with crystalloids and colloids is associated with dilutional coagulopathy and poor outcome in trauma. Haemostatic resuscitation is now the backbone of trauma resuscitation using a ratio-driven strategy aiming at 1:1:1 of red blood cells, plasma and platelets while applying goal-directed therapy early and repeatedly to control trauma-induced coagulopathy.SummaryTrauma resuscitation should focus on early goal-directed therapy with use of viscoelastic haemostatic assays while initially applying a ratio 1:1:1 driven transfusion therapy (with red blood cells, plasma and platelets) in order to sustain normal haemostasis and control further bleeding.

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