Trauma Systems: Standardization and Regionalization of Care Improve Quality of Care
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Purpose of Review
This review focuses on how the development and regionalization of trauma systems improve outcomes and quality of care.
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.
KeywordsTrauma center designation Regionalization of care Volume of trauma Trauma systems Quality of care
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