How regional trauma systems improve outcomes
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How regional trauma systems improve outcomes

Elaine Cole Trauma research fellow, Centre for Trauma Sciences, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Elaine Cole outlines the roles and responsibilities of emergency practitioners in major trauma care networks, and how they can benefit patients

Management of severely injured patients is complex and requires organised, expert care. Regionalised trauma systems are relatively new in the UK and aim to deliver optimal, timely care to injured patients at the most appropriate location. This article discusses the drivers, organisation, processes and outcomes of regionalised trauma care. It also describes the challenges and benefits of working within a trauma system to enable emergency practitioners to reflect on their roles in contemporary trauma care.

Emergency Nurse. 23, 6,24-29. doi: 10.7748/en.23.6.24.s23

Correspondence

e.cole@qmul.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 17 August 2015

Accepted: 27 August 2015