The Military Anti-Shock Trouser, or MAST suit, is a controversial device that has been used to support blood pressure in hypotensive trauma patients. Most studies on humans have shown that the device has limited clinical utility. In this study, a telephone survey of all 50 State Emergency Medical Services was conducted to determine the nature and extent of MAST suit usage in San Diego County over the last 7 years was also analyzed. Thirty (60%) states still require MAST suits to be carried on ambulances. In San Diego County, MAST suit inflations for adult, hypotensive (systolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg) blunt trauma patients has declined from 37% in 1987, to 2% in 1993. Despite a lack shock, blunt trauma, long transport times, and pelvic fractures, states continue to expend resources on the MAST suit. It is for this reason that we believe that the clinical use of the MAST suit should be based upon medical control philosophy rather than legislation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Emergency Medicine|
|State||Published - 1996|
- cost analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine