Invited Critique
July 2011

Inclusive Trauma Systems Must Embody Appropriate Triage GuidelinesComment on “Assessing the Feasibility of the American College of Surgeons' Benchmarks for the Triage of Trauma Patients”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Health, San Diego, California.

Arch Surg. 2011;146(7):792-793. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.44

The premise that the American College of Surgeons' advocacy for the development of trauma systems may not be feasible is both provocative and, I would argue, possibly self-defeating. However, feasibility is realized only when issues such as those raised here are addressed and there is the surgical leadership and political will to create such a system.

Such trauma systems must be inclusive, meaning that the resources of all committed facilities are used. Only the most seriously injured patients require the resources of level I and II TCs.

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