Hospitals without appropriate expertise should not offer trauma care

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1067
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Less than half of people who sustain serious injuries receive good care before they arrive in an emergency department, a new report says. And it says that such failings in care continue once the patients have arrived at hospital.

    A team approach is needed to deliver effective care for trauma patients in the same way that cancer services teams have worked across healthcare disciplines to improve outcomes, said Simon Carter, one of the report's authors.

    “We need to see significant improvements made now to pre-hospital and hospital trauma care in order to prevent the unnecessary death of young patients, with its tragic consequences for families, …

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