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EMS: Percent of 9-1-1 patients transported to trauma center

This was a study of over 300,000 injured children and adults transported to hospitals in western states during the period 2006 to 2008.  Here was the disposition:

EMS Destination of Injured Patients (by type of trauma center)

  • 57.7 percent (to nontrauma centers)
  • 32.8 percent (to level 1 trauma centers)
  •   9.6 percent (to level 2 trauma centers)

The intent of the study was to analyze the potential cost savings associated with making sure that patients sent to the most advanced trauma centers really need that level of care.  Potential savings of $136.7 million were identified.

Source: Newgard, C.D., Staudenmayer, K., and others.  The cost of overtriage: more than one-third of low-risk injured patients were taken to major trauma centers.  Health Affairs;32(9):1591-1599, Sept. 2013.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/9/1591.abstract  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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