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Differences in trauma team activation criteria used by hospitals in the South West Peninsula
  1. Lindsey Pitchford1,
  2. Jason Smith2
  1. 1Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr J Smith
 Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK;jasonesmith{at}

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Outcome from major trauma is improved by a multidisciplinary trauma team.1 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has suggested criteria for activation of the trauma team,2 although the evidence to support these is limited, and anecdote suggests that criteria vary among similar hospitals. We undertook a cross-sectional survey of trauma team activation (TTA) criteria used by the six hospitals within the South West …

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