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TRAUMA CENTER: 11 percent of patients go right to surgery

The National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) is a project of the American College of Surgeons which was established in 1989.  Data reports are available in full text here from 2004 to the present: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/ntdb/docpub.

The most recent data report – for admissions in 2014 – includes over 860,000 records of patients with trauma diagnoses.  Data were supplied by 746 hospitals.

ED DISCHARGE DISPOSITION [these numbers have been rounded off]

  • 43 percent (admitted to non-specialty unit bed in the hospital)
  • 19 percent (admitted to intensive care unit bed in the hospital)
  •   7 percent (admitted to a telemetry/step down bed in the hospital)
  • 11 percent (to operating room)
  •   9 percent (home)
  •   3 percent (to observation unit)
  •   4 percent (transferred to another hospital)
  •   1 percent (died)
  • 0.2 percent (left against medical advice)

American College of Surgeons. (2015). National trauma data bank 2015: Annual report. Table 37.  https://www.facs.org/~/media/files/quality%20programs/trauma/ntdb/ntdb%20annual%20report%202015.ashx    Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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