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Validation of Autopsy Method for Evaluating Trauma Care

Validation of Autopsy Method for Evaluating Trauma Care Abstract • A previous study on the simplified autopsy method evaluated autopsies from a series of motor vehicle deaths. The results were not generally accepted by the medical and political community because of reservations concerning the validity of the autopsy data. In response, I undertook a second study evaluating a similar series, using data from hospital records as well as autopsies. Results were evaluated by the autopsy method and compared with the results obtained by the hospital records method. Seventy-one percent of the deaths were judged preventable by the autopsy method as compared with 85% by the hospital records method. All deaths judged preventable by the autopsy method were also judged preventable by the method using hospital records. This confirms that the autopsy method accurately identifies and understates the problem it exposes. (Arch Surg 1982;117:1033-1035) References 1. West JG, Trunkey DD, Lim RC: Systems of trauma care: A study of two counties . Arch Surg 1979;114:455-460.Crossref 2. West JG: An autopsy method of evaluating trauma care . J Trauma 1981;21:32-34.Crossref 3. Task Force of the Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons: Optimum hospital resources for the care of the injured patient . Bull Am Coll Surg 1979;64:43-48. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

Validation of Autopsy Method for Evaluating Trauma Care

Archives of Surgery , Volume 117 (8) – Aug 1, 1982

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1982 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1982.01380320025007
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Abstract

Abstract • A previous study on the simplified autopsy method evaluated autopsies from a series of motor vehicle deaths. The results were not generally accepted by the medical and political community because of reservations concerning the validity of the autopsy data. In response, I undertook a second study evaluating a similar series, using data from hospital records as well as autopsies. Results were evaluated by the autopsy method and compared with the results obtained by the hospital records method. Seventy-one percent of the deaths were judged preventable by the autopsy method as compared with 85% by the hospital records method. All deaths judged preventable by the autopsy method were also judged preventable by the method using hospital records. This confirms that the autopsy method accurately identifies and understates the problem it exposes. (Arch Surg 1982;117:1033-1035) References 1. West JG, Trunkey DD, Lim RC: Systems of trauma care: A study of two counties . Arch Surg 1979;114:455-460.Crossref 2. West JG: An autopsy method of evaluating trauma care . J Trauma 1981;21:32-34.Crossref 3. Task Force of the Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons: Optimum hospital resources for the care of the injured patient . Bull Am Coll Surg 1979;64:43-48.

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 1982

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