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Injury. 2003 Sep;34(9):704-8.

Trauma care systems in South Africa.

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Trauma Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Abstract

AIM:

To provide an overview of the provision of trauma care in South Africa, a middle income country emerging into a democratic state.

METHODS:

Literature review.

CONCLUSIONS:

South Africa is gripped by an almost hidden epidemic of intentional and non-intentional injury, largely driven by alcohol and substance abuse, against a background of poverty and rapid urbanisation. Gross inequities exist in the provision of trauma care. Access to pre-hospital care and overloading of tertiary facilities are the major inefficiencies to be addressed. The burden of disease due to trauma presents unique opportunities for reconstruction and clinical research.

PMID:
12951297
DOI:
10.1016/s0020-1383(03)00153-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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