Friday 22 September 2017

Head-injury patients losing out

Head injury victims - almost half are not being treated at neurosurgical centres
Head injury victims - almost half are not being treated at neurosurgical centres

Around 40pc of patients who suffer severe head injuries are not treated at neurosurgical centres in Ireland.

This is despite clear evidence of much better outcomes for such patients when they are treated in a neurosurgical centre.

Irish hospital emergency consultants said this figure is 15pc in England.

They were commenting on the findings of the Major Trauma National Audit Report.

There is clear international evidence of benefit when trauma services are better organised, they added.

Since 2012, when re-organisation of trauma networks occurred in England, a remarkable increase of 63pc has been seen in the odds of survival for patients suffering major trauma, they pointed out.

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