Editorial| Volume 45, ISSUE 1, P1-2, January 2014

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Playing darts without a dart board: Why we need to create an International Trauma Data Bank (ITDB)

      Trauma continues to grow as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. It is now thought to be responsible for every 10th death on earth and globally it costs more than half a trillion dollars each year [ ]. In fact, in some countries the combined direct and indirect financial burden of motor vehicle crashes alone, exceeds the entire amount spent on health care by that country [ ]. Now, more than ever, we need to bring all resources to bear to decrease the impact of trauma around the world.
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