Evaluation and management of abdominal stab wounds: A Western Trauma Association critical decisions algorithm.


Conference Paper

This is a recommended management algorithm from the Western Trauma Association addressing the management of adult patients with abdominal stab wounds. Because there is a paucity of published prospective randomized clinical trials that have generated Class I data, these recommendations are based primarily on published observational studies and expert opinion of Western Trauma Association members. The algorithm and accompanying comments represent a safe and sensible approach that can be followed at most trauma centers. We recognize that there will be patient, personnel, institutional, and situational factors that may warrant or require deviation from the recommended algorithm. We encourage institutions to use this as a guideline to develop their own local protocols.

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Cited Authors

  • Martin, MJ; Brown, CVR; Shatz, DV; Alam, HB; Brasel, KJ; Hauser, CJ; de Moya, M; Moore, EE; Rowell, SE; Vercruysse, GA; Baron, BJ; Inaba, K

Published Date

  • November 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 85 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1007 - 1015

PubMed ID

  • 29659472

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29659472

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2163-0763

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/TA.0000000000001930

Conference Location

  • United States