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PREHOSPITAL TRAUMA SYSTEMS
In this age of rapidly developing prehospital trauma care, Sophia was interested to read a study comparing the prehospital trauma care systems in nine different first world countries (Injury 2007;38:993–1000). The focus of the study was on the role of doctors in the prehospital team. A doctor as part of the emergency medical services team was associated with significantly reduced mortality in the first 24 hours, but not necessarily thereafter.
Sophia has always had a penchant for extreme sports, but was slightly concerned to learn of the risks associated with one particular latest craze: BASE jumping. “BASE” is an acronym for “building, antenna, span, earth”. However, jumping off tall buildings in cities has not proved popular with the authorities and so the attention of enthusiasts who wish to stay on the right side of the law has been diverted to jumping off mountains instead. Reporting their analysis of 20 000 jumps from the Kjerag Massif, Norwegian researchers warn that the risks of injury and/or death from BASE jumping …