Journal article

Adherence with the pre-hospital triage protocol in the transport of injured patients in an urban setting

Michael Fitzharris, Mark Stevenson, Paul Middleton, Garry Sinclair

INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pre-hospital triage protocols are an important component in the treatment of injured patients. The aim was to determine the level of, and factors associated with, adherence to the pre-hospital trauma triage criteria for urban patients transported in New South Wales, Australia. METHOD: This retrospective study included patients injured in urban areas who were transported by road for the treatment of traumatic injuries in the period 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. RESULTS: Of the 57,775 transported to hospital due to traumatic injury, 9344 (16%) met one or more of the pre-hospital triage criteria. Of these, 74% were transported to a protocol adherent major or regional trauma centre. A..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the support of the Ambulance Service of New South Wales throughout the conduct of this research. We thank in particular Mr. Dave Hodge, Director, Clinical Development; Mr. Mark Dickson, Manager, Operational Information; Mr. Bernard Chueng; Ms. Darryn Binks, and Ms. Asselyn Bartilome (formerly ASNSW) for data extraction. The authors acknowledge Ms. Susanne Mouwen and Dr. Suzanne McEvoy (formerly of The George Institute) for early development of the project. This study was funded by The New South Wales Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (NSW ITIM, www.itim.nsw.gov.au/). The funding body had no role in the design, conduct or interpretation of the findings, and had no role in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.