The golden moment


I was watching the Golden Hour the other day. [0] There is one aspect the documentary does not explain properly, “The golden hour”.

The golden hour is a reference to the ability of a person to survive if given appropriate medical treatment within the first hour of trauma. But in reality the situation is a bit more nuanced than title suggests. Instead of the “golden hour” think “golden moment”. Why?

Well depending on the severity of the trauma, “the golden moment” might  be the first 10 seconds or the first 10 minutes leading up to the first hour. So what you get is not only the “golden hour” but the “golden 10 seconds”, the “golden 10 minutes”. If appropriate triage then treatment is applied within these time frames, survivability is more favourable.

[0] ABC, Mark Corcoran, “The Golden Hour: Afghanistan: The ‘Gen Y’ War” The topic isn’t a pleasent one. It’s about trauma and medivac operations at foward operating base SHANK and explains medical evacuations in Afghanistan. You can watch it here:
[Accessed Monday July 14, 2010]