Current Trauma Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 39–47 | Cite as

Trauma Systems: Standardization and Regionalization of Care Improve Quality of Care

  • Joseph V. Sakran
  • Faisal Jehan
  • Bellal JosephEmail author
Patient Safety and Quality in Trauma (H Kaafarani, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Patient Safety and Quality in Trauma


Purpose of Review

This review focuses on how the development and regionalization of trauma systems improve outcomes and quality of care.

Recent Findings

A comprehensive trauma system integrates and coordinates many different key components, resulting in cost-effective services for injury prevention and high-quality patient care without breaking the continuum of care. Developments of trauma systems along with the regionalization of care have led to the concentration of care in relatively few dedicated centers, which results in increase institutional resources, experience, and volume, leading to improved outcomes and a high-quality, cost-efficient health care for large populations. Data has started to emerge on the improvement in functional and long-term outcomes along with mortality.


Regionalization of care has resulted in changes in the delivery of care both in the pre-hospital and in-hospital setting leading to improved utilization of resources and improved outcomes.


Trauma center designation Regionalization of care Volume of trauma Trauma systems Quality of care 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

The authors have no financial or proprietary interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph V. Sakran
    • 1
  • Faisal Jehan
    • 2
  • Bellal Joseph
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of SurgeryJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Emergency Surgery, and Burns, Department of SurgeryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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