Insurance status is a potent predictor of outcomes in both blunt and penetrating trauma.

@article{Greene2010InsuranceSI,
  title={Insurance status is a potent predictor of outcomes in both blunt and penetrating trauma.},
  author={Wendy Ricketts Greene and Tolulope A. Oyetunji and Umar Bowers and Adil Haider and Thomas Alan Mellman and Edward E. Cornwell and Suryanarayana M. Siram and David Chao-Kai Chang},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={199 4},
  pages={554-7}
}
BACKGROUND Patients with penetrating injuries are known to have worse outcomes than those with blunt trauma. We hypothesize that within each injury mechanism there should be no outcome difference between insured and uninsured patients. METHODS The National Trauma Data Bank version 7 was analyzed. Patients aged 65 years and older and burn patients were excluded. The insurance status was categorized as insured (private, government/military, or Medicaid) and uninsured. Multivariate analysis… CONTINUE READING