Paediatric trauma care
Paediatric trauma care varies in different countries. In South Africa injury is the leading cause of death in the 5 - 14-yearold age group - 1,5 - 3,8 times higher than in the USA. In 1978 the Child Safety Centre was established and prospectively collected data on paediatric injuries. The various types of injuries are discussed. Trauma is responsible for the highest percentage of years of life lost but the least amount of money is being spent on research and prevention of injuries. The Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa has been constituted to research, prevent and reduce the risk factors of the injuries and to improve facilities for the injured child.
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