Research at the Trauma Centre and Acute Admission

The Trauma Centre at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet has been participating in the Trauma Audit and Research Network since 1999.


Already the commonest cause of loss of life under the age of 40 the burden of trauma is set to increase in the next 20 years. Taking a global view of 'life years lost' through premature death and disability, injury will be in 2nd place in 2020.

A lot of the tragedies represented in these staggering statistics are preventable but in Denmark, as elsewhere, there is also unnecessary mortality directly due to inadequacies in the organization and delivery of care. In the 1980s, research in North America identified the causes of these failures and in 1988 a working group in the Royal College of Surgeons of England drew remarkably similar conclusions. A significant change of trauma management was recommended which included:

  • Enhancing pre-hospital care, ensuring appropriate medical intervention
  • Rapid transfer to the best local facility
  • Assessing the use of helicopters
  • Adopting ATLS principles
  • Integrating trauma services within and between hospitals
  • Investing in rehabilitation services
  • Auditing and Researching injury and systems of care

The research in the Trauma Center is centered around the above mentioned areas.

Scientific publications

Research staff

Claus Falck Larsen
Head of Clinic, associate professor, DMSci, MPA, FACS
Telephone +45 3545 4600
DECT +45 3545 8005

Anne Marie Sørensen
Senior Consultant, associate professor, ph.d
Telephone +45 3545 1255

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