Wednesday, February 16, 2011
It can also be described as "a physical wound or injury, such as a fracture or blow."
Major trauma (defined by an Injury Severity Score of greater than 15 can result in secondary complications such as circulatory shock, respiratory failure and death.
Resuscitation of a trauma patient often involves multiple management procedures.
Trauma is the sixth leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 10% of all mortality, and is a serious public health problem with significant social and economic costs.
Trauma can be classified by the affected area of the body (percentages of total incidence):