updated: 9/12/2012 8:23:01 AM
Efforts to establish a statewide trauma system are gaining momentum. State Health Commissioner Dr. Greg Larkin says severe trauma is the number one killer of people 45 years of age or younger in Indiana. He says development of a successful system, especially in rural areas, could help reduce the number of deaths by 15 to 20 percent. Larkin outlines the need for a statewide severe trauma initiative during a conversation with Barb Lewis on Inside INdiana Business Television.
Indiana is one of three states that does not have a trauma care system. The state department of health recently held a listening tour in all districts to gather support for the concept.
He says a 2008 audit suggests the development of a division of trauma care and injury prevention, create a triage and transportation system and a wider distribution of trauma care centers are needed throughout the state.
The state has since established the trauma care and injury prevention division.
Source: Inside INdiana Business