Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Improved road trauma networks increasing survival rates

Analysis of the Victorian State Trauma registry has shown that victims of road trauma are 45% more likely to survive than in 2001. In conjunction with this, levels of overall disability and the cost to the state economy are also decreasing.

Professor Belinda Gabbe of the Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research Unit has spoken to the Herald Sun about the improvements to patient outcomes since the introduction of the three main trauma hubs a decade ago, and the improvements in survival rates.
"A big concern is that when you implement a system that saves lives people worry about shifting that burden to disability," Prof Gabbe said.
"So instead of people dying from injuries, you have more people quite profoundly disabled but that is simply not occurring."
In addition to this the cost of individual trauma cases has dropped by up to $600,000 since 2001, with the overall cost to the state economy reduced from $1.85 billion in 2001-02 to $1.34 billion in 2010-11.

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