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Trauma care access is worse for rural patients

The disadvantages faced by rural hospitals compared to their urban counterparts remain a hot-button issue within healthcare, and new research indicates the gap extends to trauma centers.

Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University, led by Craig D. Newgard, M.D., analyzed data from 44 emergency medical services (EMS) agencies that serve 28 hospitals in seven counties in Oregon and Washington, two of which are rural counties and five of which are urban, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. They found that in rural areas, only 29 percent of critical trauma patients were taken to a major trauma center, compared to 89 percent of urban patients, who were taken directly to level 1 or level 2 trauma centers.

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