Density of surgeons tied to survival rate of car crash victims

There is a direct relationship between the the number of surgeons working in a geographic area and the likelihood that victims will survive motor vehicle crashes, according to a new study presented at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The study revealed that the median number of surgeons per 1 million was 55 compared with 424 general practitioners. The median number of motor vehicle crash deaths was 226 per 1 million. Each increase of one surgeon per 1 million in population was associated with 0.38 fewer motor vehicle crash deaths, or about 2.5 surgeons for one life, according to the study. In this case, surgeons apparently matter more than general practitioners. The authors determined that about six surgeons would increase motor vehicle crash survival by a factor of one life compared with 25 general practitioners. Press release

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