Finding the missing link
Friday, February 26, 2010
Last month, the National Audit Office (NAO) published Major trauma care in England. Published with little fanfare, it evaluated trauma care services in England; the cost-effectiveness of planning and delivery of these services; and the quality of care, including patient outcomes. Every year in England alone, 193 hospitals manage the estimated 20 000 cases of major trauma, which although only account for 0.2% of total activity, result in over 5000 deaths. However, this fraction of clinical care costs over £3 billion in hospital treatment, as well as further care and rehabilitation.
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