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Book and Media Reviews
February 23, 2011

Essential Emergency Trauma

JAMA. 2011;305(8):830. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.195

Injuries attributable to intentional or unintentional trauma are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are the leading cause of death in the United States for all persons aged 1 to 44 years.1 Emergency care of the patient with trauma has long been guided by the concept of the “golden hour,” which refers to the period immediately following a major traumatic event during which prompt, specialized trauma care is thought to have the greatest effect on survival. In Essential Emergency Trauma, senior editor Kaushal Shah and colleagues further sharpen the focus to the “platinum” first 10 to 15 minutes of care and emphasize the critical importance of the initial emergency management of trauma in determining ultimate patient outcome.