Study: Longer travel time to trauma center raises risk of death

03/13/2014 | Kaiser Health News

The risk of dying was 21% higher for patients whose transport time to a trauma center averaged 13 minutes longer than the average 34 minutes, due to a hospital closure, compared with patients whose transport times had not changed, University of California, San Francisco, researchers reported in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Data showed patients whose travel time decreased had a 17% lower mortality risk, and patients with longer travel times were more likely to be younger, poorer, minorities, uninsured or on government insurance.

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