What is Trauma Systems
Trauma Care System: Fundamental Components of Trauma Care
Care System: Key Infrastructure Elements
Americans view basic health care as an unalienable right. Yet, for more
than half of all Americans, appropriate treatment after injury will be,
at best, unorganized and, at worst, unavailable, resulting in death and
disability for thousands this year alone.
Trauma is predictable. It happened yesterday, it is happening today,
and it will happen tomorrow. Fortunately, some answers already exist.
There is tremendous consensus currently among trauma stakeholders. With
subtle differences on minor points, experts and professionals in the
field agree on the major points outlined in this report.
Broad-based groups of professionals involved with trauma care have outlined
this plan to reduce death and disability from the disease of trauma.
What they need now is support-- support from policy makers, support from
other health providers, and support from the community.
The first step is to build, to the extent permitted by law, a national
base of advocacy for implementation of enabling legislation and dedication
of funding for the completion of the Trauma Systems Planning and Development
Act of 1990. Finalizing this effort, which began years ago, will not
only serve the thousands of Americans who are injured in single incidents
across the nation on a daily basis, but will also add greatly to the
readiness of the nation for future potential mass casualty situations.
This is an urgent call for action. When it comes to trauma, time is truly
a life and death matter.