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In response to recent reports questioning the adequacy of management of major trauma in the United Kingdom, the routine for handling such emergencies in one district general hospital was examined. Deficiencies in the current system of management were identified and are described. In order to improve the standard of care a protocol for the assessment and resuscitation of the seriously injured was devised.
This protocol provided for the formation of a Trauma Team and laid down guidelines as to the severity of injury that required the attendance of this team. In addition, a new form of documentation was designed to facilitate the recording of injuries, resuscitation measures required and physiological parameters. This documentation is described in detail.
These measures have been favourably received by medical and nursing staff and have stimulated interest in the management of major injuries.
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Accepted: July 6, 1990
© 1991 Published by Elsevier Inc.