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Trauma Care for the 21st Century

Guest Editor:
Pierre Bouzat: Grenoble Alpes University, France

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 March 2024


Critical Care is presenting a new Collection of articles that will summarize the current state of the art of trauma resuscitation and imagine the evolution and challenges for the 21st century: dealing with shock, trauma systems, demographic change, new approaches to trauma research, trauma care in low- and middle-income countries.

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About the collection

Major trauma remains the “neglected disease” despite its global socioeconomic impact as the leading cause of death and disability. Trauma affects all age and socioeconomic groups, and presents in many different forms from isolated traumatic brain injury to hemorrhagic shock and from multiple trauma to low-impact injury in the elderly. Severe injury is often literally life changing within the blink of an eye. The trauma community has learned to reduce the impact of major trauma considerably through rigorous evidence-based research, implementation of trauma systems and pragmatism. Despite these improvements the challenges remain considerable, in particular in low- and middle-income countries.

For this reason, this Collection of articles will summarize the current state of the art of trauma resuscitation and imagine the evolution and challenges for the 21st century: dealing with shock, trauma systems, demographic change, new approaches to trauma research, trauma care in low- and middle-income countries… Stay tuned for an inspiring collection of articles written by international opinion leaders.

  1. In trauma systems, criteria for individualised and optimised administration of tranexamic acid (TXA), an antifibrinolytic, are yet to be established. This study used nationwide cohort data from Japan to evalua...

    Authors: Jotaro Tachino, Shigeto Seno, Hisatake Matsumoto, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Atsushi Hirayama, Shunichiro Nakao, Yusuke Katayama, Hiroshi Ogura and Jun Oda
    Citation: Critical Care 2024 28:89
  2. Considerable political, structural, environmental and epidemiological change will affect high socioeconomic index (SDI) countries over the next 25 years. These changes will impact healthcare provision and cons...

    Authors: Tobias Gauss, Mariska de Jongh, Marc Maegele, Elaine Cole and Pierre Bouzat
    Citation: Critical Care 2024 28:84
  3. Fluid resuscitation has long been a cornerstone of pre-hospital trauma care, yet its optimal approach remains undetermined. Although a liberal approach to fluid resuscitation has been linked with increased com...

    Authors: M. F. Bath, J. Schloer, J. Strobel, W. Rea, R. Lefering, M. Maegele, H. De’Ath and Z. B. Perkins
    Citation: Critical Care 2024 28:81
  4. Trauma burden is one of the leading causes of young human life and economic loss in low- and middle-income countries. Improved emergency and trauma care systems may save up to 2 million lives in these countries.

    Authors: Dinesh Bagaria, Amila S. Ratnayake, Aireen Madrid and Tamara J. Worlton
    Citation: Critical Care 2024 28:47
  5. Improvements have been made in optimizing initial care of trauma patients, both in prehospital systems as well as in the emergency department, and these have also favorably affected longer term outcomes. Howev...

    Authors: Nicole P. Juffermans, Tarik Gözden, Karim Brohi, Ross Davenport, Jason P. Acker, Michael C. Reade, Marc Maegele, Matthew D. Neal and Philip C. Spinella
    Citation: Critical Care 2024 28:45
  6. Sepsis and trauma are known to disrupt gut bacterial microbiome communities, but the impacts and perturbations in the fungal (mycobiome) community after severe infection or injury, particularly in patients exp...

    Authors: Gwoncheol Park, Jennifer A. Munley, Lauren S. Kelly, Kolenkode B. Kannan, Robert T. Mankowski, Ashish Sharma, Gilbert Upchurch, Gemma Casadesus, Paramita Chakrabarty, Shannon M. Wallet, Robert Maile, Letitia E. Bible, Bo Wang, Lyle L. Moldawer, Alicia M. Mohr, Philip A. Efron…
    Citation: Critical Care 2024 28:18
  7. While numerous randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have been conducted in the field of trauma, a substantial portion of them are yielding negative results. One potential contributing factor to this trend could...

    Authors: Thomas Jeanmougin, Elaine Cole, Baptiste Duceau, Mathieu Raux and Arthur James
    Citation: Critical Care 2023 27:363

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Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Trauma Care for the 21st Century" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.