Early assessment of multiple trauma
In European countries, trauma remains the commonest cause of death below the age of 40 years. Annual European deaths from road traffic accidents alone exceed 50,000 , with approximately 10 times this number being seriously injured. Despite various European safety campaigns, there is little to suggest that trauma deaths, particularly those from road traffic accidents, are declining in frequency. As life expectancy increases, the lifetime risk of an individual being involved in a serious accident increases further. Trauma patients will continue to place large demands on health resources, in terms of both acute management and the long-term rehabilitation of survivors.
KeywordsCervical Spine Endotracheal Intubation Laryngeal Mask Airway Road Traffic Accident Multiple Trauma
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