White Paper on Guidelines for the Development of International Trauma Systems

Executive summary of the White paper:
This White Paper has been produced by the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Trauma Special Interest Group (SIG) in order to provide a framework for the assessment and development of Trauma systems. This paper is based on best current international evidence which shows that well developed Trauma Systems improve patient outcomes. The paper provides a framework for clinical staff, who provide care for seriously injured patients, to assess their own Trauma Systems and inform further development as appropriate. The main goal of this paper is to provide a mechanism for improvement in Trauma System development based on current needs and resources.

Member countries are encouraged to read the document and use any parts of it that may assist in Trauma System Development in their own country.