Children and terror casualties receive preference in ICU admissions

Kobi Peleg, Michael Rozenfeld*, Eran Dolev

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: Trauma casualties caused by terror-related events and children injured as a result of trauma may be given preference in hospital emergency departments (EDs) due to their perceived importance. We investigated whether there are differences in the treatment and hospitalization of terror-related casualties compared to other types of injury events and between children and adults injured in terror-related events. Methods: Retrospective study of 121 608 trauma patients from the Israel Trauma Registry during the period of October 2000-December 2005. Of the 10 hospitals included in the registry, 6 were level I trauma centers and 4 were regional trauma centers. Patients who were hospitalized or died in the ED or were transferred between hospitals were included in the registry. Results: All analyses were controlled for Injury Severity Score (ISS). All patients with ISS1-24 terror casualties had the highest frequency of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions when compared with patients after road traffic accidents (RTA) and other trauma. Among patients with terror-related casualties, children were admitted to ICU dis-proportionally to the severity of their injury. Logistic regression adjusted for injury severity and trauma type showed that both terror casualties and children have a higher probability of being admitted to the ICU. Conclusions: Injured children are admitted to ICU more often than other age groups. Also, terror-related casualties are more frequently admitted to the ICU compared to those from other types of injury events. These differences were not directly related to a higher proportion of severe injuries among the preferred groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • ICU
  • Medical resources
  • Pediatric injuries
  • Terror survivors


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