Medical vs. true physical traffic collision entrapment

Motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) are the leading cause of major trauma in the UK. The extrication phase following an MVC represents an important and largely unstudied part of the patient journey from injury to definitive care. Current methods result in significant patient delays and potential for patient deterioration. This article reports on the incidence of medical vs. true physical entrapment following MVCs in a UK population. The low incidence of true physical entrapment (12%) gives significant potential for clinicians to adapt extrication plans to optimise care for each patient.

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