Commentary on “Incidence of Pediatric Cervical Spine Injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan”
AbstractIn 2003, Colonel John B. Holcomb, a US Army general surgeon deployed to Iraq, noted the complete disconnect between the various steps of trauma care for his patients and recognized the critical need for an organized trauma care system.1 The result of this realization was the creation in 2004 of the Joint Trauma System (JTS), now recognized as the US Department of Defense (DoD) Center of Excellence for Trauma. The DoD Trauma Registry, the source of the data used for the article by Gutierrez and colleagues in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal,2 is managed by the JTS.
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