In Germany 427,500 persons per year are injured in traffic accidents. So we analysed in a retrospective study the post-traumatic quality of life of patients suffering from a severe trauma (ISS ≥ 50). Highlights of interest were: (i) pattern of injury, (ii) injured part of the body, (iii) days in ICU, (iv) outcome, (v) actual state of health, (vi) mental health. Between 1/2000 and 12/2005, 1,435 patients with multiple trauma were hospitalised in the Trauma Center Murnau. 88 suffered from a severe trauma with ISS ≥ 50. 23 % of these patients had a good outcome and 36 % died. Actually, more than half of the patients were physically handicapped or suffered from pain. 41 % showed characteristics typical for a post-traumatic stress disorder. In conclusion the patients with severe trauma had a good survival rate, but they showed a poor post-traumatic quality of life. Thus, in the time after trauma it is important to treat the "whole patient" and not only the physical lesions.
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Quality of Life*
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic/epidemiology*
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