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Indian Journal of Surgery
Medknow Publications on behalf of Association of Surgeons of India
ISSN: 0972-2068
Vol. 68, No. 4, 2006, pp. 226-232
Bioline Code: is06066
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Indian Journal of Surgery, Vol. 68, No. 4, 2006, pp. 226-232

 en View Point- India and the management of road crashes: Towards a national trauma system
Fitzgerald Mark, Dewan Yashbir, O'Reilly Gerard, Mathew Joseph, McKenna Carmel


Road trauma in India is a significant health and socio-economic burden which requires urgent attention. When compared to countries with established trauma systems, those injured in India have up to a six-fold higher mortality rate. The death rate would be reduced with better organized systems of trauma care. This is dependent on state authorities introducing systems that fund accident prevention along with the organized care of the injured. The goal of an effective trauma system should be to provide universal emergency care with equity of access. The belief that trauma care cannot be cost-effective in low-income settings needs to be refuted. Better planning will result in cost-effective improvements in patient outcomes. However, without protected and guaranteed funding schemes, the development of trauma systems in India will fail.

Funding, preventable death, trauma systems

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