Over 3,600 lives saved in the last 21 months thanks to trauma teams in the south east London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) Trauma Network
Of the 3,800 trauma patients who were treated across the region between April 2013 and December 2014, 3,659 survived – that’s 85 more than expected, and the best results of any trauma network in the UK.
Almost 1,500 of those patients were treated at King’s College Hospital. King’s is the Major Trauma Centre for SELKaM and treats the most seriously-injured patients. King’s is supported by other trauma teams across the region, like at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Bromley.
Trauma patients have multiple serious injuries that could lead to death or serious disability, including those involved in car accidents, major falls, or violence.
Major trauma centres operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are staffed by highly specialist teams with access to the best diagnostic and treatment facilities, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery and radiology teams.
Robert Bentley, Clinical Director for the South East London Major Trauma Network and for Major Trauma King's College Hospital said:
“These fantastic results show the excellent work carried out over the last two years throughout the network to improve outcomes for trauma patients in South East London, Kent and Medway.
“By working together, our trauma teams make sure that our most seriously injured patients get the world class care they deserve.”
Trauma Networks are a system of hospitals set up to care for patients with multiple serious injuries that could result in death or serious disability, including head injuries, life-threatening wounds and multiple fractures.
The SELKaM Trauma Network is the busiest network in the UK and services a population of 4.5 million in a region that stretches from Lambeth to Folkestone.
Trauma is the leading cause of death among children and adults aged 44 and under and many thousands are left severely disabled for life. Every year across England and Wales, 12,500 people die after injury.
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