following major trauma
A new report has found Māori youth aged between 15 and 18 years old three times more likely to die in the 30 days following major trauma than non-Māori in the same age group.
The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC) is now calling for District Health Boards to conduct an in-depth review into all cases of major trauma resulting in hospitalisation.
POMRC member Dr Dick Ongley says the reviews must consider the role of implicit bias and institutional racism, after the report found Māori to be 37 per cent more likely than non-Māori to not receive an initial CT scan.
They were also 56 per cent more likely to die in the first 30 days following major trauma that did not involve serious traumatic brain injury.