The Golden Hour: Scientific Fact or Medical “Urban Legend”?
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Academic Emergency Medicine
Volume 8, Issue 7, pages 758–760, July 2001
How to Cite
Lerner, E. B. and Moscati, R. M. (2001), The Golden Hour: Scientific Fact or Medical “Urban Legend”?. Academic Emergency Medicine, 8: 758–760. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2001.tb00201.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Received October 2, 2000; Revision received February 27, 2000; accepted March 15, 2001
- emergency medical services;
- golden hour
The term “golden hour” is commonly used to characterize the urgent need for the care of trauma patients. This term implies that morbidity and mortality are affected if care is not instituted within the first hour after injury. This concept justifies much of our current trauma system. However, definitive references are generally not provided when this concept is discussed. It remains unclear whether objective data exist. This article discusses a detailed literature and historical record search for support of the “golden hour” concept. None is identified.