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close this bookSurgery for Victims of War (ICRC, 1998, 225 p.)
close this folder10. WOUNDS OF LIMBS
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MANAGEMENT IN ADMISSION AREA

Careful assessment of the probable blood loss must be made and measures must be taken to prevent haemorrhagic shock. A vascular and neurological assessment of the extremity distal to the injury must be made. Tetanus toxoid and penicillin should be given. X-rays are not required routinely, and judgement is necessary to determine which patients need X-ray.