Evaluation of the necessity of clinical ohservation of high-energy trauma patients without significant injury after standardized emergency room stabilization

Koen W W Lansink, Carol J. Cornejo, Tom Boeije, Maarten F. Kok, Gregory Jurkovich, Kees J. Ponsen

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Background: Patients involved in a high-energy trauma (HET) are usually admitted for clinical observation, even when no significant injury is found after standard care in the emergency room (ER). The necessity of this observation period is not evidence based. The goal of this study was to identify patients who revealed an initially undiagnosed injury during the observation period. Methods: A retrospective study of consecutive HET patients was conducted in two Level I trauma centers. Patients after a HET with two minor injuries or less, diagnosed during the standard ER care, were included. Data were abstracted from patients' medical records. Results: Five hundred three patients were included. None of the patients developed any complications during the clinical observation period or were readmitted to their own hospital within a week after the trauma. Conclusion: There is no evidence for the necessity of clinical observation of HET patients with minimal or no injuries diagnosed after standard ER stabilization and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1256-1259
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Clinical observation
  • High-energy trauma
  • Missed diagnosis
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Nonoperative management
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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