Journal article

Ageing population has changed the nature of major thoracic injury.

Noha Ferrah, Peter Cameron, Belinda Gabbe, Mark Fitzgerald, Rodney Judson, Silvana Marasco, Tanya Kowalski, Ben Beck

Emerg Med J | Published : 2019


INTRODUCTION: An increasing proportion of the major trauma population are older persons. The pattern of injury is different in this age group and serious chest injuries represent a significant subgroup, with implications for trauma system design. The aim of this study was to examine trends in thoracic injuries among major trauma patients in an inclusive trauma system. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of all adult cases of major trauma with thoracic injuries of Abbreviated Injury Scale score of 3 or more, using data from the Victorian State Trauma Registry from 2007 to 2016. Prevalence and pattern of thoracic injury was compared between patients with multitrauma and patients with isol..

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