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J R Soc Med. 1994 September; 87(9): 513–514.
PMCID: PMC1294764

The effect of a helicopter trauma service on the workload of accident and emergency departments.


A helicopter trauma service caused little change in the number of patients seen in accident and emergency departments within its operating area. It is concluded that the formation of trauma networks will have little impact on the workload of non-specialist units.

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