Author(s): Bajwa SS, Kaur J, Bajwa SK, Kaur G, Singh A,
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Abstract BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: Polytrauma is a leading cause of mortality in the developing countries and efforts from various quarters are required to deal with this increasing menace. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: An attempt has been made by the coordinated efforts of the intensive care and trauma team of a newly established tertiary care institute in designing and improving the trauma care services to realign its functions with national policies by analyzing the profile of polytrauma victims and successfully managing them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was carried out among the 531 polytrauma admissions in the emergency department. The information pertaining to age and gender distribution, locality, time to trauma and initial resuscitation, cause of injury, type of injury, influence of alcohol, drug addiction, presenting clinical picture, Glasgow Coma score on admission and few other variables were also recorded. The indications for various operative interventions and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions were analyzed thoroughly with a concomitant improvement of our trauma care services and thereby augmenting the national policies and programs. A statistical analysis was carried out with chi-square and analysis of variance ANOVA tests, using SPSS software version 10.0 for windows. The value of P<0.05 was considered significant and P<0.0001 as highly significant. RESULTS: Majority of the 531 polytrauma patients hailed from rural areas (63.65\%), riding on the two wheelers (38.23\%), and predominantly comprised young adult males. Fractures of long bones and head injury was the most common injury pattern (37.85\%) and 51.41\% of the patients presented with shock and hemorrhage. Airway management and intubation became necessary in 42.93\% of the patients, whereas 52.16\% of the patients were operated within the first 6 hours of admission for various indications. ICU admission was required for 45.76\% of the patients because of their deteriorating clinical condition, and overall,ionotropic support was administered in 55.93\% of the patients for successful resuscitation. CONCLUSIONS: There is an urgent need for proper implementation ofpre-hospital and advanced trauma life support measures at grass-root level. Analyzing the profile of polytrauma victims at a national level and simultaneously improving the trauma care services at every health center are very essential to decrease the mortality and morbidity. The improvement can be augmented further by strengthening the rural health infrastructure, strict traffic rules, increasing public awareness and participation and coordination among the various public and private agencies in dealing with polytrauma.
This article was published in J Emerg Trauma Shock
and referenced in Journal of Pain & Relief