Analysis

England’s trauma care network proves its worth

Report finds that setting up major trauma centres in England has saved 1,600 extra lives 
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Report finds that setting up major trauma centres in England has saved 1,600 extra lives

It is perhaps a sign of how antiquated serious emergency care was before the creation of the trauma network model in 2012, that the system had been largely unchanged since the start of the NHS.

Until the re-organisation, patients who had been seriously injured, for example in road accidents, shootings or stabbings, were simply taken to the nearest hospital emergency departments.

This situation changed in London eight years ago and outside the capital two years later.

Today, there are 17 networks with 27 designated major trauma centres in England supported by more than 100 local trauma units.

1,600

extra lives saved since 2012

As a result of this trauma network being set up, patients are assessed at the scene and

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