Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Management of severe visceral trauma  (Corso Elettivo)

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Name of lecturer
Giuseppe Borzellino
Giuseppe Borzellino
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Corsi elettivi 1° semestre dal Oct 8, 2018 al Dec 21, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to define and discuss the problems of severe trauma of the abdomen and thorax. The course will be based on the clinical approach to the patient with severe trauma in order to provide participants with a guide for intra-hospital management focused on diagnosis, therapeutic approach and surgical indications. The program includes: presentation of problems, ATLS approach, haemorrhagic shock and massive transfusion, blunt and penetrating trauma, approach to polytrauma, triage in mass causalities and discussion of clinical cases.


Definition, mechanisms of injuries and epidemiology of severe trauma. Elements of pathophysiology of trauma. Clinical pictures of trauma. Hemorrhagic shock.
Pre-hospital management. Diagnostic and therapeutic approach in the Emergency Room. ATLS concept. Damage control.
Introduction to blunt and penetrating trauma. Trauma of the chest.
Trauma of the abdomen and perineum.
Multiple injuries. Mass causalities.
Discussion of clinical cases.

Assessment methods and criteria

Eligibilty based on courses attendance and critical reading of a scientific article
-October 9th 2017 at 5.45 PM CANCELED
-October 16th 2017 at 5.45 PM
-October 23rd 2017 at 5.45 PM
-October 30th 2017 at 5.45 PM CANCELED
-November 6th 2017 at 5.45 PM
-November 13th 2017 at 5.45 PM
-November 20th 2017 at 5.45 PM
-Decmber 4th 2017 at 5.45 PM

Location: to be defined

Recommended for years 5 and 6.


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