Traumatic amputations

Eric G. Puttler, Stephen A. Parada, Brandon R. Horne, R. Judd Robins, James C. Krieg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


With continued improvement in body armor and ballistic helmets as well as advances in modern combat casualty care, more and more combat casualties will survive following injury long enough to be resuscitated; therefore, the severity of extremity injuries among survivors of combat injuries will likely continue to increase. The primary mechanism for these injuries is blast and penetrating trauma, which is an unusual mechanism of injury in civilian medicine, even at Level I trauma centers. This must be understood in the context of overall patient management due to the systemic effects of blast and also in the management of the traumatic amputation when assessing the zone one injury in the injured extremities. Trauma surgery in a combat zone requires adaptation to a different injury paradigm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFront Line Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Approach
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319567808
ISBN (Print)9783319567792
StatePublished - Jul 21 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Amputation
  • Blast
  • Combat
  • Trauma
  • Wartime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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