Original communication Society for Vascular Surgery| Volume 26, ISSUE 1, P59-66, July 1949

Complications resulting from injuries to major arteries

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      We have presented a review of some of the complications which may follow various types of injuries to major arteries and their concomitant veins. We believe that a thorough understanding of such complications will enable surgeons to reduce the number of catastrophies which all too frequently nullify their most conscientious efforts. Lord and Breidenbach5 have emphasized the importance of having the operating room of every hospital properly equipped to care for all types of injuries to the major arteries and they suggest that properly trained surgeons should be available at all times to handle such injuries. We6 agree that a determined effort should be made to teach young surgeons the important factors in the management of injuries to large blood vessels and then they should be provided with facilities which will permit proper care of such injuries. The progress of this important field of surgery will depend greatly upon the success and the thoroughness of such an educational program.
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