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International Journal of Emergency Medicine

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 357–365

First Online: 10 November 2010Received: 22 July 2010Accepted: 20 October 2010


BackgroundTraumatic brain injuries TBIs continue as a twenty-first century subterranean and almost invisible scourge internationally. TBI care systems provide a safety net for survival, recovery, and reintegration into social communities from this scourge, particularly in Canada, the European Union, and the USA.

AimsThis paper examines the underlying issues of systemic performance and sustainability of TBI care systems, in the light of decreasing care resources and increasing demands for services.

MethodsThis paper reviews the extant literature on TBI care systems, systems reengineering, and emergency leadership literature.

ResultsThis paper presents a seven care layer paradigm, which forms the essence of systemic performance in the care of patients with TBIs. It also identifies five key strategic drivers that hold promise for the future systemic sustainability of TBI care systems.

ConclusionsTransformational leadership and engagement from the international emergency medical community is the key to generating positive change. The sustainability-performance care framework is relevant and pertinent for consideration internationally and in the context of other emergency medical populations.

KeywordsCollaborative networks Emergency medical leadership Traumatic brain injuries Performance Systemic sustainability The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not those of the editors, editorial board or publisher.

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Autor: Denis H. J. Caro


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