Trauma victims

Field triage guidelines

Michael L Hawkins, Richard C. Treat, Arlie R. Mansberger

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Abstract

Trauma kills more Americans from age 1 to 34 than all diseases combined. Until recently, trauma care in the United States was delivered in a nonorganized, nonintegrated fashion, with trauma victims being transported to the medical facility closest to the scene of the accident. Many recent studies confirm an unacceptably high incidence-up to 75% in some studies-of preventable deaths in trauma victims treated under the nearest hospital system. This has resulted in the development of specialized trauma centers. The concept of a regional trauma center requires restrictive medical practice in which a limited number of hospitals and physicians provide care for those 5% to 12% of patients who are critically injured. The decision on whether to take a patient to the closest hospital or to the regional trauma center is a form of triage, with far-reaching consequences medically, ethically, and financially, Various triage instruments have been developed to try to identify those patients who would benefit from the resources of a trauma center, and to avoid overcrowding those centers with patients having less serious injuries. These triage tools are based on a combination of mechanism of injury, anatomic criteria, physiologic criteria, and co-morbidity factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-565
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume80
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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Hawkins, M. L., Treat, R. C., & Mansberger, A. R. (1987). Trauma victims: Field triage guidelines. Southern Medical Journal, 80(5), 562-565. https://doi.org/10.1097/00007611-198705000-00005

Trauma victims : Field triage guidelines. / Hawkins, Michael L; Treat, Richard C.; Mansberger, Arlie R.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 80, No. 5, 01.01.1987, p. 562-565.

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Hawkins, ML, Treat, RC & Mansberger, AR 1987, 'Trauma victims: Field triage guidelines', Southern Medical Journal, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 562-565. https://doi.org/10.1097/00007611-198705000-00005
Hawkins, Michael L ; Treat, Richard C. ; Mansberger, Arlie R. / Trauma victims : Field triage guidelines. In: Southern Medical Journal. 1987 ; Vol. 80, No. 5. pp. 562-565.
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