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Concentration of major trauma centres : what will be the effects?

Meijer, Nynke (2022) Concentration of major trauma centres : what will be the effects?

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Abstract:Since 1998, trauma care in the Netherlands is concentrated in specialised major trauma centres (MTCs). Currently, there are thirteen of these MTCs. However, the National Committee Trauma Surgery envisioned further concentration to improve the quality of care. This could also contribute to meeting the minimum volume norm, which currently not all MTCs meet. However, before possible further concentration can be considered, research should be performed to provide insight into the effects on the transportation of patients, the usage, capacity and location of the ambulance and helicopter services, and the fraction of multitrauma patients that are brought to an MTC. This fraction should be at least 90% but is currently only 69%. All in all, the core problem is the following: The multitrauma healthcare organisations in the Netherlands cannot yet decide on logistical improvements to the multitrauma care chain, because they have little insight into the relationship between further concentration of MTCs and the use of Emergency Medical Services (EMSs) for patient transportation
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Acute Zorg Euregio, Enschede
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:31 mathematics, 44 medicine, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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