Intubated Trauma Patients Do Not Require Full Trauma Team Activation when Effectively Triaged.

@article{Harbrecht2016IntubatedTP,
  title={Intubated Trauma Patients Do Not Require Full Trauma Team Activation when Effectively Triaged.},
  author={Brian G. Harbrecht and Glen A. Franklin and Jason Wayne Smith and Matthew V. Benns and Keith Roy Miller and Nicholas A. Nash and Matthew C. Bozeman and Royce D Coleman and Dan O'brien and James David Richardson},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={2016},
  volume={222 4},
  pages={
          603-11
        }
}
BACKGROUND Full trauma team activation in evaluating injured patients is based on triage criteria and associated with significant costs and resources that should be focused on patients who truly need them. Overtriage leads to inefficient care, particularly when resources are finite, and it diverts care from other vital areas. Although shock and gunshot wounds to the abdomen are accepted indicators for full trauma activation, intubation as the sole criterion is controversial. We evaluated our… CONTINUE READING
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