Distance to Trauma Care and Mortality

Question –  What is the association of injury incident location with mortality?

Findings – This cross-sectional study of 16 082 adults found an 8% increase in the odds of death for every 5-mile increase in distance to the nearest trauma center and an 3% increased odds of death for every 5-year increase in neighborhood median age.

Meaning – Characteristics of injury incident locations may contribute to injury mortality and should be considered when planning trauma care systems.

Jarman MP, Curriero FC, Haut ER, Pollack Porter K, Castillo RC. Associations of Distance to Trauma Care, Community Income, and Neighborhood Median Age With Rates of Injury Mortality. JAMA Surg. 2018 Feb 7. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2017.6133. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29417146.

Full Article: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2671392

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