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Emergency Medical Minute


Nov 28, 2018

Author: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Retrospective study looking at type of transportation and mortality outcomes for patients with penetrating trauma
  • Mortality was 2.2 % for those brought in by private vehicle compared to 11.6% by EMS



Editor’s note: the above is raw mortality - even after risk adjustments the odds ratio of death was statistically significant for penetrating injuries, which held true even over multiple trauma systems. Shout out to Dr Haut as well!


Wandling MW, Nathens AB, Shapiro MB, Haut ER. Association of Prehospital Mode of Transport With Mortality in Penetrating Trauma: A Trauma System-Level Assessment of Private Vehicle Transportation vs Ground Emergency Medical Services. JAMA Surg. 2018 Feb 1;153(2):107-113. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2017.3601. PubMed PMID: 28975247; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5838586.

Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD