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An Injury-Based Approach to Quantify the Predictability and Time Sensitivity of Common Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries

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An Injury-Based Approach to Quantify the Predictability and Time Sensitivity of Common Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries
author
Schoell, Samantha
abstract
Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are a serious public health concern resulting in over 1.2 million deaths worldwide. Detection and prompt treatment of MVC injuries is crucial in reducing morbidity and mortality. The goal of the pre-hospital trauma system is to appropriately triage patients such that they receive the "right treatment" at the "right place" and at the "right time". An injury-based approach was taken that examined two of the three different facets of injuries to identify injuries necessitating treatment at a Level I or II trauma center (TC). The three facets of injury include severity, predictability, and time sensitivity. Severity is associated with injuries which have a high mortality and high threat-to-life. Predictability is associated with injuries which are identifiable by emergency medical personnel upon arrival at the scene. Predictable injuries were scored based on an analysis of occult injuries and an analysis of the transfer of patients from a non-TC to a TC. Time sensitivity is associated with injuries that require prompt treatment to avoid death for the patient.
subject
Advanced Automatic Crash Notification
Motor Vehicle Crash
Triage
contributor
Stitzel, Joel D (committee chair)
Gayzik, F. Scott (committee member)
Martin, R. Shayn (committee member)
date
2014-07-10T08:35:26Z (accessioned)
2016-07-10T08:30:12Z (available)
2014 (issued)
degree
Biomedical Engineering (discipline)
embargo
2016-07-10 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/39261 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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