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EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-69

Military anti-shock garment: Historical relic or a device with unrealized potential?


Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, 1 Hospital Drive, Singapore - 169608, Singapore

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Fatimah Lateef
Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, 1 Hospital Drive, Singapore - 169608
Singapore
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.43181

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Military anti-shock trousers represents a medical device which has engendered very divergent views, even up to today. From the time the concept was formulated in 1903 by surgeon George W Crile, there have been significant swings in opinion and evidence. The guidelines, where available, are often kept relatively general and cautious. As a spin-off to the mechanism and technology, several alternative devices have been proposed or developed over the years. This include the auto-transfusion torniquet, the non pneumatic anti-shock garment (Life Wrap) and the non inflatable antishock garment, which are discussed in this paper.


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