Improving prehospital trauma management for skiers and snowboarders - need for on-slope triage?
Journal of Trauma Management & Outcomes, April 2011
Rebecca M Hasler, Uli Schmucker, Dimitrios S Evangelopoulos, Ron E Hirschberg, Heinz Zimmermann, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos
Injuries from skiing and snowboarding became a major challenge for emergency care providers in Switzerland. In the alpine setting, early assessment of injury and health status is essential for the initiation of adequate means of care and transport. Nevertheless, validated standardized protocols for on-slope triage are missing. This article can assist in understanding the characteristics of injured winter sportsmen and exigencies for future on-slope triage protocols.
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