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Current status of trauma care in China

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This paper briefly reviews the current state of trauma care in China. A '120' telephone emergency medical service system (EMSS) has been set up in some large and medium-sized cities in our country. There are four main models of organization of EMSS, i.e. those in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chongqing and they play an important role in the organization and carrying out of the emergency medical services in China. There is an emergency department in all large hospitals, responsible for the management of trauma patients with or without pre-hospital first aid. In addition to this review, the treatment of regional injuries, such as cranio-cerebral, maxillofacial, thoracic, abdominal, urinary, extremity and spine and spinal cord injuries, are summarized and discussed. Although there still exist some problems in trauma care in China, we have accumulated some unique approaches to dealing with trauma and have gained some preliminary success.


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