Recovery and rehabilitation of crash victims from the road network
Post-impact care is a strategy which aims to reduce the severity of injury consequences once a road traffic crash has occurred. Minor injury patients will often need the help of a general practitioner and optimal medical and psychological follow up care is important to alleviate pain and distress. For major injuries, clinical experts define the post-impact care needed as the chain of help starting with action taken by the victims themselves or more commonly by lay bystanders at the scene of the crash, emergency rescue, access to the pre-hospital medical care system, and trauma care and helping road crash victims who have suffered debilitating injury re-integrate into work and family life. The effectiveness of such a chain depends upon the strength of each of its links. For a review of the current state of the art and links to key sources of information, see Post-impact care ERSO web text.