The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Covid-19 and Trauma in Sweden – Small Reduction in Trauma Admissions

How has the pandemic affected trauma incidence in Sweden? Researchers at KMC have looked at all trauma registration in the Swedish trauma registry during the time period between March 1 and June 30 2020, and compared with the corresponding period in 2019.

During 2020, the total number of trauma cases decreased with 24,2 percent. Concurrently the number of injuries per patient and the severity of the cases increased, with significantly higher scores on the trauma severity grading scale NISS (New Injury Severity Score), but no difference in 30-day mortality could be shown. Trauma cases in Sweden have decreased less compared with results from other studies in countries where stricter pandemic restrictions were enforced.

Click to read the complete study published in Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine here