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Preventable causes of death and disability from neurotrauma.
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PMID:  2943259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Preventable causes of death and disability have been studied retrospectively in a series of 1161 cases of neurotrauma occurring in New South Wales in 1977-78, and prospectively in 153 cases of neurotrauma occurring in country districts in South Australia in 1981-82. In the first study, it was found that at least 80 deaths could be attributed to preventable causes; chiefly, transfer to an inappropriate hospital and/or delay in instituting treatment. Apparent failures in initial management of shock and airway obstruction were evident in this study and also in the South Australian study, which identified major deficiencies in cardiorespiratory management in 7% of cases transferred from country areas. These studies confirm that there is a need for better training, at all levels, in the management of neurotrauma. They also provide powerful arguments for the concept of an integrated regional trauma service.
B R Selecki; G Berry; N G Dan; B Kwok; J A Mandryk; J B North; I T Ring; M F Sewell; D A Simpson; W A Stening
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of surgery     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0004-8682     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Surg     Publication Date:  1986 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-09-17     Completed Date:  1986-09-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373115     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Surg     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  529-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain Injuries / mortality*,  surgery,  therapy
Disabled Persons*
First Aid
Health Services Accessibility
Patient Admission
Prospective Studies
Retrospective Studies
Spinal Cord Injuries / mortality*,  surgery,  therapy
Transportation of Patients

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