March 13, 2019 – National trauma systems play a critical role in improving survival and reducing disability from musculoskeletal and other injuries. An update on trauma systems around the world – and priorities for developing and standardizing care in lower- and higher-income countries – is presented in a supplement to OTA International, open-access journal of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
The special issue includes a current snapshot and forward look at national trauma systems in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. "This work represents a collaboration of member societies of the International Orthopaedic Trauma Association (IOTA), which is an international association of orthopaedic societies dedicated to the promotion of musculoskeletal trauma care through advancements in treatment, education, and research," writes Guest Editor Theodore Miclau, MD, of University of California, San Francisco.
Trauma Systems Around the World – Reviews Span 11 Countries, Four Continents
Worldwide, trauma is the leading cause of death among people under the age of 45. Road traffic injuries alone cause 1.2 million deaths and 20 to 50 million nonfatal injuries each year. Recent reports suggest that 90 percent of trauma deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Posted today, the OTA International supplement reflects the growing interest in improving trauma care in order to reduce trauma-related mortality around the world. "Well-developed trauma systems in higher income countries have been shown to improve patient outcomes; however the overall adoption of such systems remains low," Dr. Miclau writes.
Contributed by authors representing IOTA member organizations in 15 countries, the supplement papers summarize the current state and future development of national trauma systems in:
While acknowledging the gap in trauma system development between higher- and lower-income countries, the supplement papers draw attention to a common goal: documenting improvements in survival and subsequent outcomes, as a direct result of care provided by national trauma systems. Dr. Miclau concludes: "The information presented in this supplement will contribute to larger efforts toward understanding, improving, and standardizing existing trauma systems worldwide."
About OTA International
OTA International is an international, open access, orthopaedic trauma journal published on behalf of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). The journal aims are to further knowledge, foster innovation, support research and education and promote quality and good clinical practice in the field of orthopaedic trauma within a global setting.
About the Orthopaedic Trauma Association
The mission of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association is to promote excellence in care for the injured patient, through provision of scientific forums and support of musculoskeletal research and education of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the public.
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