• Accuracy of prehospital triage protocols in selecting severely injured patients: a systematic review (August 2017)

    Eveline A.J. van Rein, R. Marijn Houwert, MD, PhD, Amy C. Gunning, MD, PhD, Rob A. Lichtveld, MD, PhD, Luke P.H. Leenen, MD, PhD, and Mark van Heijl, MD, PhD
    CME 1 CME Credit(s)

    Learning Objectives:

    The aim of this systematic review was to determine quality of currently available prehospital trauma triage protocols for trauma patients transported by ground ambulance in terms of sensitivity and specificity.

    Impact Statement:

    Prehospital trauma triage is essential in providing appropriate care for patients at risk of severe injury, to improve their chance of survival and to avert disabilities. This systematic review shows that nearly all of the studied prehospital trauma triage protocols were unable to identify severely injured patients. In addition, the overall methodological quality was poor. In order to improve prehospital trauma triage protocols, future studies should be of high methodological quality in order to properly investigate their accuracy.

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