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More patients survive major trauma

1st July 2014

Since the changes to the UK health services in April 2012, the  number of patients surviving major trauma has increased.

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An independent audit, undertaken by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), shows that patients in England are 30% more likely to survive severe injuries since the changes.

Regional Trauma Networks were introduced to England in April 2012. Since then, the likelihood of patients surviving severe injuries has increased by 30%.

This is the equivalent of 600 lives in 2012, 20% of the 3,000 people who would usually die per year.

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, congratulated this "major NHS success story" when he addressed Age UK.

"The NHS of the future will be one where more support for frail older patients is provided locally," and those who have really major conditions get quick access to care.

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