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March 7, 2012

Trauma: A Comprehensive Emergency Medicine Approach

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Author Affiliations: Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (dyeh2@partners.org).

JAMA. 2012;307(9):973-974. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.245

It is often quoted that trauma is the leading cause of death for persons aged 1 to 44 in the United States. Although the most seriously injured patients are transferred to level 1 trauma centers to be cared for by trauma surgeons, the majority are initially evaluated and treated by emergency department physicians. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30 million Americans are treated annually in emergency departments, yet only 2 million require hospital admission.1

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