There is sparse recent data on rural trauma care and how processes and outcomes compare with urban settings. Using a prospective cohort of 67 047 injured patients served by 44 emergency medical services (EMS) agencies and 27 hospitals in 7 counties, Newgard et al sought to compare rural vs urban processes of care and outcomes following trauma. Most high-risk trauma patients injured in rural areas were cared for outside of major trauma centers, and rural trauma deaths tended to occur early.
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