Trauma Systems: Standardization and Regionalization of Care Improve Quality of Care

Joseph V. Sakran, Faisal Jehan, Bellal Joseph

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Purpose of Review: This review focuses on how the development and regionalization of trauma systems improve outcomes and quality of care. Recent Findings: A comprehensive trauma system integrates and coordinates many different key components, resulting in cost-effective services for injury prevention and high-quality patient care without breaking the continuum of care. Developments of trauma systems along with the regionalization of care have led to the concentration of care in relatively few dedicated centers, which results in increase institutional resources, experience, and volume, leading to improved outcomes and a high-quality, cost-efficient health care for large populations. Data has started to emerge on the improvement in functional and long-term outcomes along with mortality. Summary: Regionalization of care has resulted in changes in the delivery of care both in the pre-hospital and in-hospital setting leading to improved utilization of resources and improved outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Quality of care
  • Regionalization of care
  • Trauma center designation
  • Trauma systems
  • Volume of trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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