Kate Anne Curtis

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BACKGROUND Regionalised trauma systems have been shown to improve the outcome of seriously injured patients. However, it is not clear which components of these systems have the most impact on patient outcomes. The study evaluates the association between implementation of a single, dedicated trauma admitting service at an urban trauma centre and subsequent(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the proportion of patients exposed to a radiation dose in excess of 20 mSv, and to document missed injuries before and after the introduction of a panscan protocol for blunt trauma. METHODS Data were collected retrospectively from our trauma database for 6 months before and after implementation of the protocol. All radiological(More)
BACKGROUND Traumatic injury and mental health disorders are co-associated. Early identification of depression, anxiety and stress following injury, and subsequent preventive intervention, may reduce the long-term symptoms and negative impacts associated with depression and anxiety. The purpose of the study was to determine the incidence, severity and(More)
BACKGROUND To summarize and synthesize research that explored the experience of surviving life-threatening injury in adolescents, young persons and adults. METHODS Informed by systematic literature review strategies, a description of the experience of individuals who survived life-threatening injury was sought by reviewing 13 studies with qualitative data(More)
BACKGROUND Previous investigations demonstrate that nursing case management in the acute care setting improves patient outcomes. However, these findings provide limited information specific to trauma patients. METHOD The effect of trauma case management (TCM) was measured using practice-specific variables such as in-hospital complications, missed injury(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term microscopic agglutination test (MAT) results after vaccination with 4-serovar Leptospira vaccines are not available for all vaccines used in client-owned dogs. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES To determine antibody responses of client-owned dogs given 1 of 4 commercially available Leptospira vaccines. ANIMALS Healthy client-owned dogs (n = 32)(More)
AIM To examine fall-related hospitalised morbidity in New South Wales (NSW) and to describe the pattern of fall-related major trauma presentations at a Level 1 Trauma Centre in NSW for younger and older fallers. METHODS Fall-related injuries were identified in the NSW Admitted Patients Data Collection during 1 July 1999-30 June 2008 and the trauma(More)
INTRODUCTION Physical injury is a leading cause of death and disability among children worldwide and the largest cause of paediatric hospital admission. Parents of critically injured children are at increased risk of developing mental and emotional distress in the aftermath of child injury. In the Australian context, there is limited evidence on parent(More)
Injury is a leading cause of mortality, hospitalised morbidity and disability in Australia and New Zealand. Of the many public health challenges facing clinicians on a daily basis, traumatic injury is one of the most significant. A large spectrum of injury severity may result, ranging from minor injuries which require little medical intervention through to(More)
Trauma centers are designated to provide systematized multidisciplinary care to injured patients. Effective trauma systems reduce patient mortality by facilitating the treatment of injured patients at appropriately resourced hospitals. Several U.S. studies report reduced mortality among patients admitted directly to a level I trauma center compared with(More)