Title

The impact of trauma centre accreditation on patient outcome

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-1-2006

Journal

Injury

Volume

37

Issue

12

DOI

10.1016/j.injury.2006.07.010

Keywords

Accreditation; Mortality; Trauma centre

Abstract

Trauma centre accreditation originated as a North American initiative in the 1970's with the aim of standardising and improving care for injured patients. This system of grading a hospital's ability to receive serious trauma has subsequently spread, most notably to Australasia. Many studies have focussed on determing whether this accreditation results in improved patient outcomes. We review the evidence to date, which suggests significant mortality reductions albeit from mainly Class III studies and reflect on the future sustainability of this initiative given mounting financial pressures. © 2006.

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