n South African Medical Journal - Introduction to algorithms for managing the common trauma patient : continuing medical education - introduction

Volume 105, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



It has been four years since I wrote an editorial in the SAMJ relating to the problems of trauma in South Africa (SA). I was more optimistic, naïve perhaps, and looking for meaningful change. In the face of the daily carnage from road accidents and interpersonal violence, I asked, 'is 2011 the year we will stand up and do something?' - apparently not. We continue to face the same onslaught, the same 1 200 deaths on our roads each month, and the same number of violent attacks of one man (it is usually men) on another human being. Trauma is an epidemic and, as with any other epidemic, demands policy intervention, preventive measures and provision of care.

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