RACS in association with the ATS have today released a position statement in relation to the provision of trauma services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This statement from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australasian Trauma Society highlights some principles to be considered when mobilising to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. While some forms of trauma will likely reduce (eg RTC) others (such as self harm and family violence) may well increase. Trauma patients will need to be cared for and while their access will still need to be considered in light of the overall capacity of the health system they will do better if cared for by those with expertise in the first instance. Trauma care providers may well have a range of skills highly sought after in this pandemic event but the College and the ATS, with the support of ANZAST encourage health planners to leave enough of those with experience in place to be able to effectively manage trauma patients requiring hospital care.
Ian Civil- President ANZAST
For a list of trauma-relevant local COVID-19 guidelines, please see our In Print page