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Why do we have a Trauma Centre Verification system?

Trauma Centres are hospitals with specific expertise and facilities for the treatment of major trauma or the receipt of referrals of patients with major trauma. As the Trauma Society is the body to which the experts on trauma belong, it is right and proper that we should set the criteria for hospitals who call themselves “Trauma Centres”, particularly as there appears to be some self-promotion through the use of the title “Level 1 Trauma Centre” when often this is not the case in terms of the criteria. The South African criteria are based on the ACS criteria, considered as the “gold standard” in the world today. The society has also contributed to other “standards” documents, such as the EcTC document of World Health Organisation and the COHSASA standards for Emergency Centres. Trauma Tools

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