Initial Approach To Trauma

Edward E. Cornwell III

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Trauma in America remains a major public health challenge, accounting for nearly 150,000 deaths each year and an enormous burden to both the health care system and the economy in general. Injury is the fourth leading killer of Americans and the single greatest cause of death before the age of 45. Trauma causes more deaths among children and adolescents (ages 1 to 19) than all diseases combined. Apart from the loss of life, the economic burden (>$100 billion annually) and the number of years of life lost before age 65 (>4.1 million) due to traumatic injury exceed those same measures due to cancer and heart disease combined. 12 and 3

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