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Cate Swannell
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (6): 243. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.n0921

Mortality rates for severe head trauma at the Royal Darwin Hospital are down 40% from the 79% rate reported in a study 10 years ago, according to the ANZ Journal of Surgery. The study reviewed clinical service between 2008 and 2013, highlighting the continuing challenge of remoteness to the delivery of emergency medicine and surgery in the Top End. Alcohol remains a major player in hospitalisation, with 57% of patients having evidence of alcohol involvement and 39% of patients with traumatic brain injury having alcohol as a factor in their presentations. Indigenous persons were also overrepresented, accounting for 39% of all procedures as well as being considerably younger by a median of 15 years than their non-Indigenous counterparts. Resident generalist surgeons are reliant upon interstate neurosurgeons, who provide ongoing education, training and support, both by way of outreach visits and by 24-hour telephone and teleradiology consultation over 2600 km away.

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