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June 1992

Blood in Our StreetsThe Status and Evolution of Trauma Care Systems

Author Affiliations

From the Trauma Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif, and the Department of Surgery, University of California, San Diego.

Arch Surg. 1992;127(6):677-681. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1992.01420060043008

• Injury is our nation's leading public health problem. Victims of violence need expert and immediate medical attention. A model exists for optimal care of the injured patient—the trauma care system. This article outlines the history of trauma care, the components of the ideal, inclusive trauma care system, its efficacy, and the challenges and opportunities facing those who advocate such systems.

(Arch Surg. 1992;127:677-681)