Bill Would Improve Trauma Care with Military-Civilian Partnerships
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) recently introduced the MISSION ZERO Act, S. 3407, to assist assigning Department of Defense (DoD) trauma surgeons to civilian trauma centers. This bill will address variations in care methods that exist, while also providing military surgeons with additional training. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) are original cosponsors of the legislation. Representatives Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas), Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) introduced a companion bill in the House.
“The bill will establish a grant program for military-civilian partnerships in trauma care. It provides for the allocation of $20 million dollars to trauma centers which would enable military trauma teams to provide trauma care and related acute care at such trauma centers. In addition, it provides for the allocation of another $20 million dollars which would enable military trauma care providers to do the same,” according to the Trauma Center Association of America.