Journal article

Emerging epidemic in Australia: Abdomina stab wounds. Twenty-four months at a major trauma centre

Warren Matthew Rozen, Ellen Hui Ma, Ian T Jones, Rodney Thomas Judson

EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The incidence of abdominal stab wounds treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Vic., Australia has noticeably increased over the 12 month period to March 2006, mirroring an increase in penetrating abdominal trauma throughout many Australian trauma centres. Management protocols for abdominal stab wounds are still contentious. The current study quantifies the increase in stab wounds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital over a 24 month period and analyses the management modalities used. METHODS: A review of the Trauma Unit of the Royal Melbourne Hospital was performed for the period of 20 March 2004 until 20 March 2006. All anterior abdominal stab wounds were collated for the..

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