“Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death worldwide among persons between 5 and 44 years of age and accounts for 10% of all deaths. In 2002, 800,000 injury related deaths in Europe accounted for 8.3% of total deaths. Because trauma afiects a disproportionate number of young people, the burden to society in terms of lost productivity, premature death, and disability is considerable.”

Sphan, D. R., et al. Management of Bleeding Following Major Trauma: A European Guideline. 2007 Critical Care, Vol.11, No 1.