The term trauma describes injuries from the impact of force on the human body.


Up to the age of 45 years trauma is the major cause of death. In road accidents alone on average 12 people lose their life every day. In Germany each year 1.6 million suffer accidents on the road, at work, at home or while doing sports.

An examination of more than 4000 seriously injured patients showed on average 7.6 separate injuries per patient and provides a first idea of the complexity of these injuries. Taking into account not only the direct injury of organs but also potential blood loss for each of these injuries, the importance of the factor time becomes quickly clear. This is no place for anything less than professional treatment of the highest standard.


Treatment and transport of trauma patients to a major trauma centre is a vital part of the work of a rescue helicopter crew.