Development of a Regional System for Surgical Emergencies (RSSE)

  • A. Brent Eastman
  • David B. Hoyt
  • J. Wayne Meredith


In the United States, in the first decade of the twenty-first century, a 60-year-old man run over by a truck may have better access to life-saving care than a man with a perforated viscus or a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. The reason is that many states and counties now have regional systems to coordinate the care of injured patients, but the concept of a geographic plan for non-traumatic, but devastating, surgical emergencies is new. The trauma system model is appropriate for these other surgical emergencies and possibly for certain medical emergencies as well, such as stroke and acute myocardial infarction. The concept of trauma system development is based on the principle that the system adds value over and above the efforts of individual practitioners or hospitals.1, 2, 3


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Acute Care Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Audit Committee Acute Care Hospital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Brent Eastman
    • 1
  • David B. Hoyt
    • 2
  • J. Wayne Meredith
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of TraumaScripps Memorial Hospital La JollaLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of California San Diego Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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