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Table 1 Demographic data for all patients n = 651 with a severe traumatic brain injury

From: Has increased nursing competence in the ambulance services impacted on pre-hospital assessment and interventions in severe traumatic brain-injured patients?

  Year 2000-2005 Year 2006-2009
  n (%) n (%)
Total patients 395 256
Mean age 47.8 49.2
Mechanism of trauma  
Blunt trauma 379 (96) 236 (92)
Penetrating trauma 16 (4) 20 (8)
Injury characteristics  
Brain injury 330 (83) 185 (75)
Brain injury including other injuries 66 (16) 70 (27)
External cause of injury  
Fall < 3 m 228 (58) 158 (62)
Fall > 3 m 21 (5) 22 (9)
Road and traffic accident 87 (22) 55 (21)
Other 59 (15) 21 (8)
GCS at scene   
3-8 232 (58) 150 (58)
9-12 97 (25) 57 (23)
13-15 64 (16) 43 (17)
Missing 2 (1) 5 (2)