Bleeding is a leading cause of early death from trauma. Consequently, effective hemostasis can improve the odds of survival after severe traumatic injury. Understanding the pathophysiology of trauma-induced coagulopathy can provide insights into effective strategies to assess and halt hemorrhage. Both physical assessment and appropriate laboratory studies are important in the diagnosis and evaluation of coagulopathy to identify the most effective mechanical and pharmacological strategies to achieve hemostasis. This article uses a case study approach to explore evidence-based techniques to evaluate hemorrhage and strategies to promote hemostasis.
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