How to teach surgical residents during damage control surgery

Lisa L. Schlitzkus, Brett H. Waibel, Paul J. Schenarts

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Purpose of Review Damage control can be difficult to teach. Residents have few operative trauma experiences. During damage control situations, the resident’s education may be lost in the stressful and fast, paced operating room due to patient care taking priority. Fortunately, there are numerous other opportunities to teach this important con-cept outside of the operating room. Recent Findings Damage control can be taught in a three step cycle from war games to intraoperative teaching during a crisis and ending with an after action review. This process is also applicable to other intraoperative crises and acute medical conditions such as a code event. Summary This manuscript describes multiple opportunities for education both in and outside the operating room when during the stressful moment, patient care takes priority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number16
JournalCurrent Surgery Reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • After action review
  • Damage control
  • Intraoperative teaching
  • Resident education
  • War games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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