Thursday, March 13, 2014

Trauma center closings linked to death for injured patients

According to a recent research conducted at UC San Francisco stated that the injured patients who are living close to trauma centers have higher odds of dying after they reach a hospital. This new study involves around quarter of a million patients that have analyzed the effect of closures in such centers in California. Once the doors closed the injured patients have to travel far to other open trauma center that leads to increase in death rate. This is shocking revelation. The lead author of the research, Renee Y. Hsia, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF explains, “This study confirms that when trauma centers close, people who live in the surrounding areas are more likely to die following an injury. There have been an increasing number of trauma center closures in recent years, and these closures are associated with a higher risk of death in the affected communities.”

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