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Is Overtriage Associated With Increased Mortality? The Evidence Says “Yes”

John H. Armstrong c1, Jeffrey Hammond, Asher Hirshberg and Erik R. Frykberg

(Received December 05 2007)

(Accepted December 06 2007)


c1 Correspondence and reprint requests to Dr John H. Armstrong, 1600 SW Archer Rd, Box 100286, Gainesville, FL 32610-0286(e-mail: john.armstrong@surgery.ufl.edu).

Dr Armstrong is Assistant Professor of Acute Care Surgery, University of Florida; Dr Hammond is director of the trauma center at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Dr Hirshberg is Associate Professor of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine; and Dr Frykberg is Chief, Division of General Surgery, University of Florida.