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Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2011 Apr;396(4):499-505. doi: 10.1007/s00423-011-0771-1. Epub 2011 Mar 8.

Challenges of surgical trauma emergency admission.

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  • 1Trauma Department, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany. frink.michael@mh-hannover.de

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Trauma still remains as one of the leading causes for mortality in Western civilization. The early clinical management of severely injured patients leads to structural and organizational challenges involving different specialties.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT:

Trauma team leaders have to coordinate diagnostic and therapeutic steps in cooperation with different involved specialties. Furthermore, they have to make decisions based on contrary department-depending assessments. In addition, several special injuries commonly found in multiple traumatized patients require special attention.

RECENT DEVELOPMENT:

Actually, structural changes in generating trauma networks are to be mentioned. Trauma networks suggest to improve patients survival in close cooperation between hospitals with different structural and personal capabilities. Close communication networks are required to guarantee transportation to an adequate trauma center.

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