Trauma-care systems in Canada

Injury. 2003 Sep;34(9):658-63. doi: 10.1016/s0020-1383(03)00158-x.


Injury is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada and health-care costs associated with injury and trauma are significant. Trauma systems and standards have been defined by the Trauma Association of Canada. A National Trauma Registry has also been introduced, which has become an important resource for measuring the impact of this condition. The Registry has also been an important tool for trauma-centre quality control and assessment. The strengths of organized Canadian trauma care are described, as are current challenges.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Policy / economics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Trauma Centers / organization & administration*
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*