Have We Killed the Golden Hour of Trauma?
The study by Newgard et al1 in the March issue of Annals proposed to set the record straight on the “golden hour” of trauma, one of the best-holding dogmas in medicine.2 They measured the association between emergency medical services(EMS) intervals and mortality among 3,656 trauma patients with substantial abnormal vital signs/mental status, transported by 146 EMS agencies to 51 trauma centers across the United States and Canada. They found no correlation. The associated capsule mentioned that “. . . time may be less crucial than once thought. Routine lights and sirens transport for trauma patients . . . may not be warranted.”