Trauma Injuries

 What is Trauma or Traumatic Injury?

  • A physical injury that requires surgical specialists to immediately consult, observe or perform surgery in order to optimize recovery
  •  A major trauma is a patient with the most severe and critical injuries that require a coordinated and organized approach in order to save life and/or limb
  • Timely care is critical!
  • Trauma is a disease.  It is mostly preventable and is associated with high risk behavior
  • Trauma is the leading cause of death in people 1-45 years of age
  • Kills more Americans than stroke and AIDS combined
  • Leading cause of disability
  • While most injuries can be treated at a local emergency  department, if you are severely injured, getting care at a trauma center can lower your risk of death by 25%
  • Each year trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions across the nation
  • The economic burden of trauma is $406 billion a year, including both health care costs and lost productivity
  • Types of Injury:
    • Non – Intentional: car crashes, severe burns, pedestrian hit
    •  Intentional: Gunshot, stab wounds, domestic violence, child abuse


Injury Death by Mechanism


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