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‘Major trauma’: now two separate diseases?
  1. Timothy J Coats1,
  2. Fiona Lecky2
  1. 1 Department of Cardiovascular Science, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  2. 2 Centre for Urgent and Emergency Care Research, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Timothy J Coats, Emergency Medicine Academic Group, University of Leicester, University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK; tc61{at}

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Across the developed world, demographic change is having a profound impact on emergency care,1 with recognition that older people have different needs, and may need different services.2 The article by Hawley et al 3 in this edition, and the recent publication of a report4 on major trauma in older people from the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), suggest that we may also need to think differently about our major trauma systems. In England and Wales, recent improvements in data collection from trauma units (hospitals that are not major trauma centres) means that in 2016 the ‘typical’ case of major trauma is no longer a young male admitted after a road traffic accident, but is an older male admitted after a fall of less than 2 …

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  • Contributors TC and FL are jointly responsible for all phases of preparation of this manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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