Motor vehicle crash-related mortality is associated with prehospital and hospital-based resource availability

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Abstract

  • Background To date, attempts to assess the relationship between motor vehicle collision (MVC)-related mortality and medical resources availability have largely been unsuccessful.Methods Information regarding sociodemographic characteristics, prehospital resources, and hospital-based resources for each county (n = 67) in the state of Alabama was obtained. MVC-related mortality rates (deaths per 1,000 collisions) by county were calculated and compared according to prehospital and hospital-based resource availability within each county after correcting for sociodemographic factors.Results Counties with 24-hour availability of a general surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, computed tomographic scanner, and operating room were shown to have decreased MVC-related mortality (relative risk (RR), 0.88). The same was true for those counties with hospitals classified as Level I-II (RR, 0.71) and Level III-IV (RR, 0.83) trauma centers compared with counties with no trauma centers.Conclusion Appropriate, readily available hospital-based resources are associated with lower MVC-related mortality rates. This information may be useful in trauma system planning and development. © 2003 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 10271783
  • Author List

  • Moran SG; McGwin G; Abernathy JH; MacLennan P; Cross JM; Rue LW
  • Start Page

  • 273
  • End Page

  • 279
  • Volume

  • 54
  • Issue

  • 2