Esmarch closure of laparotomy incisions in unstable trauma patients

S. M. Cohn, G. A. Burns, M. D. Sawyer, C. Tolomeo, K. A. Milner, S. Spector

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Fascial closure after laparotomy may he time-consuming and extremely difficult, especially in the setting of massive bowel edema. In the trauma patient with deteriorating hemodynamic status, hypothermia, or worsening hypoxia, expeditious abdominal wall closure is essential to facilitate rapid transport to the intensive care trail for further stabilization. With the increasing utilization of the abbreviated laparotomy in unstable trauma patients, innovative techniques for speedy fascial closure must he evaluated. We developed the Esmarch closure-a simple, rapid method for closing the abdominal wall at the end of abbreviated laparotomies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-979
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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