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Scarlett, Marinna D.; Mitchell, V.T.; Amata, A.O.
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Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Article Title
Trauma admissions to the ICU of the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
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The Trauma Care Journal
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Date of Publication
2002
Volume ID
11
Issue ID
2
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86-89
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Abstract
We restrospectively reviewed all trauma admissions to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, over a 5- year period (10/95-09/00). During the study period, 161 trauma patients were admitted to ICU, representing 12% of total ICU admissions. The male : female ratio of ICU trauma cases was 4:1 compared with 1:1 for the total ICU admissions. Most ICU trauma admissions were emergiencies (38%) and usually came via the operating room/ post-anaesthesia care unit (67.3%) and Accident and Emergency Department (16.4%). Main causes of trauma were road traffic crashes (45%), gunshots (27.3%), and stabbings (10.5%). The mean patient age was 35 years. The duration of ICU stay was 6.3 +/- 8.4 days. Survivors tended to have a longer stay than nonsurvivors. The mortality rate was 26.4%. ....
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