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Right Turn Resuscitation: Frequently Asked Questions
  1. NRM Tai1 and
  2. Lt Col Robert Russell2
  1. 1Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma
  2. 2Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK 0121 415 8848 robrussell{at}


In this article the process of operating room resuscitation – commonly known as Right Turn Resuscitation (RTR) when conducted in the medical treatment facility at Camp Bastion - is described. The place of RTR within the concepts of damage control resuscitation and surgery is discussed along with activation criteria and protocols. The medical leadership, team roles, advantages and disadvantages are reviewed. Finally, studies describing the impact of RTR and operating room resuscitation are briefly described.

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