Perineal trauma resulting from the adaptive use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has become an increasingly common problem during current operational conflicts in Afghanistan. Control of haemorrhage from the perineum and high amputations is a particular challenge due to the bony anatomy, rich pelvic vascular supply and the difficulty in achieving haemostasis by direct pressure. In this article, the authors describe a potential pre-hospital solution for controlling haemorrhage from perineal and high amputation injuries.
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