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Field triage: optimising injury outcomes through use of a revised on-scene decision-making protocol
  1. Vikas Kapil1,
  2. Richard W Sattin2,3,
  3. Scott Sasser1,4,
  4. Lisa C McGuire1,
  5. Richard Hunt1
  1. 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  2. 2Medical College of Georgia, Department of Emergency Medicine, Augusta, Georgia, USA
  3. 3Board of Directors, Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, Washington DC, USA
  4. 4Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vikas Kapil, Associate Director for Science, Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3724, USA; vck3{at}cdc.gov

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Introduction

In the USA, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people aged 1–44.1 Injuries are associated with significant physical, emotional and financial consequences that can affect the lives of individuals, their families and society. Injuries also place an enormous burden on hospital emergency departments and trauma care systems, with unintentional injuries alone accounting for approximately one-quarter of all emergency department visits.2

The CDC Injury Research Agenda

CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) recognises that injuries may occur despite our best efforts at primary prevention. Therefore NCIPC's Division of Injury Response works not only to prevent injuries but also to improve injury care and response to minimise the consequences of injury. In 2009, NCIPC published the CDC Injury Research Agenda outlining critical research needs and priorities for 2009–2018.3 This Research Agenda includes a section on ‘acute care’, which focuses on improving acute care practices to help improve outcomes for those who are injured. SAVIR and NCIPC are collaborating to promote the Research Agenda and to identify …

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