Thomas Kristiansen

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INTRODUCTION Scandinavian countries face common challenges in trauma care. It has been suggested that Scandinavian trauma system development is immature compared to that of other regions. We wanted to assess the current status of Scandinavian trauma management and system development. METHODS An extensive search of the Medline/Pubmed, EMBASE and SweMed+(More)
INTRODUCTION Trauma is a major global cause of morbidity and mortality. Population-based studies identifying high-risk populations and regions may facilitate primary prevention and the development of optimal trauma systems. This study describes the epidemiology of adult trauma deaths in Norway and identifies high-risk areas by assessing different(More)
BACKGROUND Triage and interhospital transfer are central to trauma systems. Few studies have addressed transferred trauma patients. This study investigated transfers of variable distances to OUH (Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål), one of the largest trauma centres in Europe. METHODS Patients included in the OUH trauma registry from 2001 to 2008 were(More)
The inter-hospital transfer of patients is crucial to a well functioning trauma system, and the transfer process may serve as a quality indicator for regional trauma care. However, the assessment of the transfer process requires high-quality data from various sources. Prospective studies and studies based on single-centre trauma registries may fail to(More)
BACKGROUND Approximately 10% of the Norwegian population is injured every year, with injuries ranging from minor injuries treated by general practitioners to major and complex injuries requiring specialist in-hospital care. There is a lack of knowledge concerning the caseload of potentially severely injured patients in Norwegian hospitals. Aim of the study(More)
BACKGROUND Trauma is a leading global cause of death. Trauma mortality rates are higher in rural areas, constituting a challenge for quality and equality in trauma care. The aim of the study was to explore population density and transport time to hospital care as possible predictors of geographical differences in mortality rates, and to what extent choice(More)
BACKGROUND Formalized trauma systems have shown beneficial effects on patient survival and have harvested great recognition among health care professionals. In spite of this, the implementation of trauma systems is challenging and often met with resistance.Recommendations for a national trauma system in Norway were published in 2007. We wanted to assess the(More)
INTRODUCTION Paediatric injury is a major global public health challenge. Epidemiological research is required for effective primary injury prevention and to develop trauma systems for optimal management of childhood injuries. This study aimed to describe the characteristics and geographical distribution of paediatric trauma deaths and to assess the(More)
BACKGROUND Road traffic injury is a major cause of death among youths. AIMS To estimate mortality differences in family socioeconomic position (SEP) and municipal disadvantage level. METHODS Data on all Norwegians born in 1967-76, gathered from national registries, were linked by a unique national identification number. The 611 654 participants were(More)
Background Trauma systems have improved the quality of trauma care during the last four decades. However, the implementation of these principles has been far more difficult to achieve than the mere consensus among health care providers. In 2007 national recommendations for trauma systems in Norway were published. We wanted to assess the implementation of(More)