- •Stabbing injuries in far North Queensland disproportionately affect high-risk groups, particularly indigenous and mental health patients.
- •Conservative management of abdominal stab injuries in select patients can have good outcomes in regional hospitals with lower trauma volume.
- •Imaging is protective against negative laparotomy rate.
- •Implementation and adherence to management algorithms for penetrating abdominal injuries may further reduce unnecessary laparotomies.
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