Integration of systems for trauma management

These guidelines have focused on specific facilities. As mentioned elsewhere, assuring the resources available at given facilities is part of an overall system for trauma management (section 2.4: Efforts to improve trauma care in individual countries).This also involves political jurisdictions designating hospitals to fill roles of varying levels of complexity of trauma care (section 6.4). It also implies planning for pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), pre-hospital triage, transfer criteria and transfer arrangements between hospitals. To put the role of these guidelines more clearly into perspective, each of these will be briefly considered.

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