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Triage of the Automobile Trauma Patient Based on Vehicle Damage

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Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
General Surgery & Anesthesiology

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A car passenger involved in an accident can be triaged based on the type of impact, extent of vehicular damage and estimated velocity change involved. The change in speed that a vehicle undergoes during the crash shows the strongest correlation with the severity of injury. The authors are from the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

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