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Flottemesch TJ, Raetzman S, Heslin KC
AHRQ Author: Heslin KC
Age-related disparities in trauma center access for severe head injuries following the release of the updated field triage guidelines.
Reflecting perceived undertriage to trauma centers (TCs) for older adults, the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma and the Center for Disease Control revised field triage guidelines in 2011 with additional emphasis on direct transport to a Level I or II trauma center. Researchers examined whether age-based disparities in TC care for severe head injury decreased. Although patterns of increased TC treatment for all groups with severe head trauma indicate improvements, age-based disparities persisted.
AHRQ-authored; AHRQ-funded; 290201300002C.
Citation: Flottemesch TJ, Raetzman S, Heslin KC . Age-related disparities in trauma center access for severe head injuries following the release of the updated field triage guidelines. Acad Emerg Med 2016 Apr;24(4):447-57. doi: 10.1111/acem.13150.
Keywords: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Disparities, Elderly, Brain Injury, Emergency Medical Services (EMS)