Analysis of 425 consecutive trauma fatalities: An autopsy study

Donald Trunkey, Robert C. Lim

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Four hundred and twenty-five trauma deaths were reviewed. This series confirms that the young productive age group is most at risk for accidental death. In this series, 44.9% of the deaths were due to brain injury, subdural or epidural hematomas. Thirty-five percent of the deaths were due to hemorrhage and probably represent the most potentially salvageable group. Eight patients had preventable deaths, and eleven patients had possible preventable deaths. Prevention of these deaths is dependent upon adequate ambulance personnel, physician judgment, quality of assessment and aggressive resuscitation and treatment. Regionalization of trauma centers may aid in the reduction of mortality from accidental death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-371
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Volume3
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1974
Externally publishedYes

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Autopsy
Wounds and Injuries
Ambulances
Trauma Centers
Resuscitation
Hematoma
Brain Injuries
Age Groups
Hemorrhage
Physicians
Mortality

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Analysis of 425 consecutive trauma fatalities : An autopsy study. / Trunkey, Donald; Lim, Robert C.

In: Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Vol. 3, No. 6, 1974, p. 368-371.

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