Philip F. Stahel is the Chief Medical Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado, and Professor of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Phil trained at the University Hospital of Zurich, University Hospital of Berne, Switzerland, and at Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany, and he accomplished a research fellowship in Neuroimmunology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Phil is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Patient Safety in Surgery and the editor of several textbooks in the field of patient safety, including “Patient Safety in Surgery” (2014), “Blood, Sweat and Tears – Becoming a Better Surgeon” (2016), and “Surgical Patient Safety: A case-based approach” (2018).
This textbook is a fully updated and revised third edition of a highly successful practical guide to the care of the polytrauma patient. Broadening its readership to students, this new edition comprehensively describes the clinical course of multiple and severe injuries, from the accident scene to rehabilitation.
It provides essential practical information on the care of patients both with blunt and penetrating trauma to multiple body regions, and discusses the management of truncal injuries (head, chest, abdomen) as well as fractures of the extremities, pelvis and spine. Further, the book highlights associated injuries that may alter decisions concerning patients with polytrauma.