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Table 2 Characteristics related to trauma team activation on the basis of information obtained from the 700 pre-notification phone calls.

From: Pre-notification of arriving trauma patient at trauma centre: A retrospective analysis of the information in 700 consecutive cases

  no. of cases/all cases percentage of cases
Trauma team activated 389/637 61%
Reason for trauma team activation recorded 255/389 66%
Reason – abnormal vital signs or level of consciousness 29/255 11%
Reason – mechanism of injury 191/255 75%
Reason – EMS doctor escorting the patient (no abnormal vital signs or level of consciousness) 35/255 14%
Personnel judging trauma team activation recorded 469/700 67%
Judgment of activation – trauma nurse 288/469 61%
Judgment of activation – trauma team leader 146/469 31%
Judgment of activation – trauma nurse and team leader in consensus 35/469 7%
  1. 637 (91%) studied pre-notification forms contained sufficient information for the analysis.