The hospital operated on three
1. Segregation of the ill from
Only trauma victims were treated at the Accident Hospital
2. Continuity of care & unity
The same consultant surgeon was responsible for the patient throughout
their hospital stay and throughout recovery and rehabilitation.
3. Rehabilitation is an integral
part of trauma management
While the Birmingham Accident Hospital
was supposed to be a model for trauma care throughout the UK,
the formation of the NHS in 1948 essentially halted the development
of trauma services in the UK.
The hospital finally closed it's
doors in 1993.
Committee on Fractures: BMJ Suppl:
Interdepartmental Committee: 'Final Report on the rehabilitation
of persons injured by accidents.' London 1939. Her Majesty's Stationery
Death and Disability. The Neglected Disease of Modern Society.
White paper from the National Academy of
Sciences and National Research Council.
Accidental Death and Disability. The Neglected
Disease of Modern Society. Washingto DC, Division of Medical Sciences,
National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council. September
Cook County, Chicago
Published by the American College of Surgeons
Committee on Trauma
on the Management of Patients with Major Injuries (UK)
A joint report from the Royal College of
Surgeons of England and the British Orthopaedic Association highlighting
the deficiencies of care in the severely injured patient throughout
the United Kingdom. The findings were not dissimilar to those
found in the BMA's reports of 1935
and 1939. Led to the introduction of ATLS in the UK, and three
pilot trauma centres at the Royal London Hospital, the John Radcliffe
Hospital in London and North-Staffordshire Hospital in Stoke.
Otherwise Largely ignored.
Commission on the Provision of Surgical
Services. 'Report on the Management of Patients with Major INjuries.'
London, 1988. Royal College of Surgeons
Care forthe Severely Injured (UK)
Report from the Royal College of Surgeons
Severe Injuries working group.
Almost entirely ignored.