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Letter
Need for a UK injury control strategy
  1. Fiona Lecky1,2,
  2. Antoinette Edwards3,
  3. Dhushyanthan Surendra Kumar4,
  4. Laura White3,
  5. Timothy J Coats5
  1. 1 Health Services Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 Emergency Department/TARN, Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Salford, UK
  3. 3 Trauma Audit and Research Network, The University of Manchester, Salford, Manchester, UK
  4. 4 Department of Anaesthesia, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, Coventry, UK
  5. 5 Emergency Medicine, Leicester University, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fiona Lecky, Health Services Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TG, UK; fiona.lecky{at}manchester.ac.uk

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Recently, UK Public Health Strategy and media reporting has understandably been dominated by the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. Rates of new cases, admissions to hospital/critical care and deaths by setting—not just in hospital—are used to assess the success of infection control and calibrate the path out of lockdown. Like infection, the epidemiology of injury is related to human activity and behaviour, but injuries have remained the most common cause of death for men aged 15–35 and women aged 10–30 for more than 20 years1, and in 2020 are still likely to kill more people in these age groups than COVID-19. Traumatic brain injury deaths in older people are …

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  • Handling editor Ellen J Weber

  • Twitter @AntoinetteE60, @TJCoats

  • Contributors FL was invited to write the letter, which she drafted prior to editing by all coauthors who are the other members of the TARN Executive Committee.

  • Funding This study was funded by Trauma Audit and Research Network—NHS Trusts.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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