Rural trauma patients more likely to die before reaching hospital
Critically injured patients in rural communities are less likely to be treated at trauma centers than their urban counterparts, a U.S. study suggests.
Rural patients are also roughly twice as likely to die before they ever reach hospitals, researchers report in JAMA Surgery, October 12th.
"Seriously injured patients have better outcomes when treated in major trauma centers and that time matters for certain patients," said lead study author Dr. Craig Newgard of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
"So early activation of 9-1-1 for injured patients and advocating... read more