Canadian Journal of Surgery
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Trauma care has evolved similarly in the United States and Canada over the last 3 decades. Like much of modern trauma care, management of vascular trauma has been influenced by combat surgery experiences in recent wars. The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma sponsored the Prospective Observational Vascular Injury Treatment (PROOVIT) registry to document changes in the treatment of vascular trauma and determine outcomes in the US. However, differences in trauma populations and trauma systems between Canada and the US need to be considered. Here we compare the vascular trauma experience at a Canadian level I trauma centre over a 5-year period to the data in the PROOVIT registry.