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Medical anti-shock trousers (pneumatic anti-shock garments) for circulatory support in patients with trauma

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  • Intervention




Medical antishock trousers (MAST) have been used to increase venous return to the heart until definitive care could be given. This, combined with compression of blood vessels, is believed to cause the movement of blood from the lower body to the brain, heart and lungs. However, the equipment is expensive, and may have adverse effects.


To quantify the effect on mortality and morbidity of the use of medical anti-shock trousers (MAST)/pneumatic anti-shock garments (PASG) in patients following trauma.

Search methods

Trials were identified by searches of the Cochrane Injuries Group Specialised Register (April 2007), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Issue 1, 2007), MEDLINE (April 2007), EMBASE (April 2007), ISI Web of Science (April 2007), National Research Register (Issue 1, 2007) and PubMed (April 2006). In addition we checked the reference lists of relevant trials and reviews. We contacted current researchers in the field for unpublished data and ongoing trials.

Selection criteria

Randomised and quasi-randomised trials of MAST/PASG in patients following trauma (excluding fractures of the extremities in which MAST/PASG may be used as a splint).

Data collection and analysis

Data were extracted independently by two authors. Data were collected on mortality, duration of hospitalisation and ICU stay, and quality of allocation concealment.

Main results

Two trials were identified that met the inclusion criteria. These trials included 1202 randomised patients in total; however, data for 1075 of these were available. The relative risk of death with MAST was 1.13 (95% CI 0.97 to 1.32). Duration of hospitalisation and of intensive care unit stay was longer in the MAST treated group. The weighted mean difference in the length of intensive care unit stay was 1.7 days (95% CI 0.33 to 2.98).

Authors' conclusions

There is no evidence to suggest that MAST/PASG application reduces mortality, length of hospitalisation or length of ICU stay in trauma patients and it is possible that it may increase these. These data do not support the continued use of MAST/PASG in the situation described. However, it should be recognised that, due to the poor quality of the trials, conclusions should be drawn with caution.








我們經由搜尋Cochrane Injuries Group's specialised register (April 2007), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (issue 1, 2007), MEDLINE (April 2007) EMBASE (April 2007), ISI Web of Science (April 2007), National Research Register (issue 1, 2007) and PubMed (April 2006)找出相關的試驗。此外,我們還檢查相關試驗和回顧的文獻清單。我們為了未發表的資料與進行中的試驗連絡了當時的研究者。






找到了兩篇符合納入條件的試驗。這些試驗包含總數1,202名隨機分配的病患;但是只有其中1,075名的資料是可得的。使用MAST死亡的相對風險為1.13(95% CI 0.97 to 1.32)。採用MAST治療的群體其住院和ICU停留期間較長。ICU停留天數的加權平均差為1.7天(95% CI 0.33 to 2.98)。





此翻譯計畫由臺灣國家衛生研究院(National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan)統籌。



Plain language summary

No evidence that medical anti-shock trousers improve survival for people with trauma, and some suggestion they may worsen outcomes, but more trials are needed

About one third of injury deaths are due to shock from blood loss. Preventing shock in people with uncontrolled bleeding is therefore vital. Treatment aims to maintain blood pressure, so that tissue damage is minimised. Medical anti-shock trousers (MAST) are believed to increase blood pressure and blood flow to the heart and brain, helping to stabilise the person until they receive further treatment. The review of trials found no evidence that MAST application decreases deaths, with some suggestion that it may even do harm. More research is needed.