Significant sex-based outcome differences in severely injured chinese trauma patients

Kai Chao Yang, Min Jie Zhou, Jason L. Sperry, Liu Rong, Xiao Guang Zhu, Lei Geng, Wei Wu, Gang Zhao, Timothy R. Billiar, Qi Ming Feng*

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A body of experimental evidence suggests that the female sex is associated with a lower risk of mortality after trauma-hemorrhage. However, controversy remains regarding the mechanism responsible for these differences and if basic science findings correspond to clinical differences. Racial disparities in trauma outcomes have also been increasingly described. Until now, research on the association between sex and trauma patient outcomes mainly focused on patients in Europe and the United States. Our research attempted to determine whether the female sex is associated with a survival advantage among severely injured Chinese trauma patients. A retrospective analysis of data derived from the Emergency Intensive Care Unit of the Shanghai Sixth People';s Hospital Acute Trauma Center during 2010 to 2013 was performed to characterize differences in sex-based outcomes after severe blunt trauma. The patient study cohort (858 Asian subjects) was then stratified by age and injury severity (using the Injury Severity Score [ISS]). Crude and adjusted odds ratios (ORs) were calculated to evaluate the association between sex and nosocomial infection rate and hospitalized mortality, both overall and by age and ISS category subgroups. Among all trauma patients, females had a significantly lower risk of in-hospital mortality compared with males (OR, 0.41; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.20 - 0.85). This difference was most apparent for patients younger than 50 years (OR, 0.31; 95% CI, 0.12 - 0.82) and the group with ISS scores of 25 or higher (OR, 0.39; 95% CI, 0.17 - 0.91). No differences in the development of nosocomial infections between sexes were seen among the overall patient group and subgroups. This study revealed a statistically significant association between sex and mortality among severe blunt trauma patients, particularly those patients younger than 50 years and with ISSs of 25 or higher. Women had significantly lower mortality than men after severe blunt trauma. These results highlight the important role of sex hormones and sex-based outcome differences after severe traumatic injury in the Chinese population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Blunt trauma
  • injury severity
  • mortality
  • nosocomial infection
  • sex
  • sex hormone


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