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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2017;60(7):530-532.
Published online August 10, 2017.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2017.60.7.530   
Current status and future prospects of trauma centers in Korea
Do Joong Park, Chan Yong Park, Hyun Min Cho, Kang Hyun Lee, Ho Seong Han
1Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea. hanhs@snubh.org
2Department of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Center, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
Abstract
The government has implemented a regional trauma center project since 2012 with the goal of reducing the preventable trauma death rate in Korea to the level of developed countries. Regional trauma centers should organically cooperate with the government and the Korean Surgical Society to ensure that seriously injured patients are treated at regional level 1 trauma centers and to lead quantitative and qualitative growth with the aim of ensuring leadership within the regional trauma system. We expect that the finances of trauma centers will stabilize and that the role of trauma centers will become more mature by readjusting medical fees to a realistic level and expanding the scope of treatment to include acute care surgery. These efforts will ultimately reduce the preventable trauma mortality rate in Korea.
Key Words: Wounds and Injuries, Death, Trauma centers
 


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