The goals outlined in the previous chapter depend on the provision of specific items of physical examination, diagnostic tests, medications and therapeutic procedures. Likewise, the ability of the health system to provide these items depends on the inputs of human resources (training and staffing) and physical resources (infrastructure, equipment and supplies). The following sections of this manual outline those resources which the authors feel are essential to the provision of essential trauma services. These resources are outlined in the form of the resource matrix for essential trauma care (Tables 1-14).

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