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Report criticises trauma care

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Trauma care in the NHS has been branded as patchy and disorganised by a major report into the treatment of severely injured patients.
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), was based on records of 795 trauma patients in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who presented at hospitals between 1 February and 30 April 2006.

Findings showed that 20% of hospitals had no dedicated trauma team and a quarter of patients in need of a CT scan did not receive it in a timely fashion.

Additionally, fewer than half (42%) of hospitals participate in the Trauma Audit and Research Network annual audit.

The study also showed that specialist units seeing more than 20 such cases a week were more likely to demonstrate good organisational practice.

NCEPOD clinical coordinator Dr George Findlay said: ‘The number of patients seen has a direct bearing on the experience and ability of clinicians to manage challenging cases.’
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