Ensuring trauma care is delivered effectively and consistently

NICE has launched a suite of guidelines to ensure that trauma services are delivered effectively and consistently.

The guidelines cover fractures, complex fractures, spinal injury assessment, major trauma and trauma services.

Trauma cases result in around 5,400 deaths each year in England, and are the most common cause of death in patients under 40 in the UK.

In 2010, a report from the National Audit Office found inadequacies in the level of trauma care delivered in the country. Following this, a number of regional trauma networks were developed, led by doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. The aim of these networks was to ensure patients are taken to the right hospital for them and to get the treatment they need.

These trauma networks have been fundamental in helping to reduce variation across England, and they have been estimated to save an extra 600 lives every year.

NICE’s latest suite of guidelines aim to support these current systems and further reduce variation in trauma care.

Read the full news feature here

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