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Daniel Fatovich

Phone: (+61 4) 9224 3469


Start date

May 2004

Submission date

May 2012

Daniel Fatovich

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An Epidemiologic Study of Trauma Patients Requiring Transfer from Rural and Remote Western Australia


The aim of this research is to study all major trauma cases that were transferred to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service from rural and remote Western Australia, over the nine-year period of 1 July 1997 to 30 June 2006.

The patients in this study are on the extreme end beyond the ‘golden hour’ of trauma care because of the transfer distances and hence time intervals involved.

Specific aims include:

- To describe the epidemiology of rural and remote trauma transfers in WA performed by the RFDS over a nine-year period.

- To report the mortality rate, including deaths prior to transfer, thus giving a population-based estimate of the mortality due to trauma.

- To quantify the effects of time, distance and remoteness on these patients.

Why my research is important

The data from this study may contribute to a better system of trauma care in Western Australia. It will contribute greater knowledge on trauma outcomes for patients with prolonged times to definitive care, which has direct relevance to disasters in other geographic regions.


  • Department of Health
  • Raine Medical Research Foundation


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