The surgical PA practicing in Trauma Surgery exercises flexibility and adaptability to manage a broad range of medical and surgical conditions under the supervision of licensed Trauma Surgeon.
Because the spectrum of trauma surgery encompasses many organ systems, the trauma surgery PA must be knowledgeable about a wide range of pathophysiology as well as how the injuries sustained should be prioritized. Trauma remains the leading cause of death in the first four decades of life and is surpassed only by cancer and atherosclerosis as the major cause of death in all age groups.
Approximately 60 million injuries occur annually in the United States. Roughly one-half, or 30 million of these injuries require medical care, and 3.6 million require hospitalization. Nearly nine million of these injuries are disabling - 300,000 permanent disabilities and 8,700,000 temporary disabilities. For this reason, it is necessary that Trauma PAs have compassion for individuals involved in a trauma and are able to deal with the social issues that subsequently arise.
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