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Report condemns poor care for trauma patients at night

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c766 (Published 05 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c766
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Between 450 and 600 lives could be saved each year in England if care for patients with major injuries was managed more efficiently and effectively, a report from the National Audit Office says.

    The study found unacceptable variation in major trauma care from hospital to hospital, which has not significantly improved in the past 20 years despite numerous reports identifying poor practice.

    The quality of care depends on where and when people are treated. The study identified a 20% higher in-hospital mortality rate for trauma patients in England compared with the United States. The government said changes are now under way …

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