Damage Control Surgery and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Opening Pandora’s Box

Author(s): Eleanor Fitzpatrick

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Gastrointestinal, Trauma

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Damage control surgery and temporary abdominal closure (TAC) are now the standard of care for managing bleeding and infectious or ischemic processes in the critically ill. Damage control use has evolved from trauma care to its application in abdominal compartment syndrome. Critical care nurses are key in managing postoperative resuscitation and complex wound techniques. Nurses learn to strategize high-level interventions based on best-practice recommendations for damage control surgery and TAC.


  • Analyze the risks in varied patient populations for the onset of intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS).
  • Distinguish indications for damage control surgery in settings of trauma and in the many medical/surgical conditions that can yield IAH and ACS.
  • Devise a plan of care for patients undergoing damage control surgery and TAC for IAH and ACS from all causes.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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