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TitlePreventable causes of death and disability from neurotrauma
AuthorsSelecki BR, Berry G, Dan NG, Kwok B, Mandryk JA, North JB, Ring IT, Sewell MF, Simpson DA, Stening WA, Vanderfield GK
Year1986
TypeJournal Article
AbstractPreventable 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 andlor 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.
Journal TitleAustralian & New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Journal Volume (Issue)56(7)
Page Range529-534
Page Count6
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Reference
Selecki BR, Berry G, Dan NG, Kwok B, Mandryk JA, North JB, Ring IT, Sewell MF, Simpson DA, Stening WA, Vanderfield GK (1986) 'Preventable causes of death and disability from neurotrauma', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 56(7), pp 529-534.