Policy briefing

Six areas for improving treatment of trauma patients identified

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence identifies the priority areas for improvement in the treatment of trauma patients

Following a 2010 audit report which found unacceptable variation in the treatment of trauma patients, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has developed six quality statements identified as priority areas for improvement

Essential information

Major trauma patients have serious and often multiple injuries where there is a strong possibility of death or disability. In England, the most common cause is a road accident. There are at least 20,000 cases of major trauma each year in England resulting in 5,400 deaths and many others resulting in permanent disabilities requiring long-term care, according to a 2010 National Audit Office report.

There are around a further 28,000 cases which, although not meeting the precise definition of major trauma, would be cared for in the same way.

This report found unacceptable variation in the treatment of trauma patients. Regional trauma networks

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