Thursday July 16, 2020

Comment: There's proof specialist trauma centres save lives

If my family was seriously injured, it is what I would want for them, writes Dr David Menzies

14th July, 2016

Serious injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in Ireland – after cardiac and respiratory diseases and cancer.

This includes the victims of road traffic collisions, assaults, falls, industrial and agricultural incidents.

In recent times it has become increasingly acceptable for ambulance services to transport trauma patients to a designated trauma centre, even if this results in a longer journey time than transport to the nearest hospital.

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