ACS Supports Developing National Trauma Action Plan
The American Academy of Surgeons recently released a statement in support of a national trauma action plan.
“Traumatic injury – such as car crashes, falls, head injuries, burns and firearm injuries – continues to be the most important health problem of three vitally important groups: our children, adults up to age 47 and our deployed military service members during times of conflict,” said Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS COT. “This is a health crisis we can no longer ignore. At least one-third of Americans live in an area without a complete trauma system, and tens of thousands of lives are lost unnecessarily each year.” In addition, trauma costs the U.S. $671 billion per year in health care costs and lost productivity.
The rest of the statement is available online.