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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 13, 2012
Statewide Trauma System Provides Life-Saving Care
Lincoln – Since the creation of the Nebraska Statewide Trauma System in 2002, severely injured Nebraskans have a higher chance of survival because of the life-saving care they receive.
“It takes many people to save a life and if a person is severely injured, getting the right care quickly is critical,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Nebraska’s Statewide Trauma System is a network of health care facilities that provides life-saving care. The system helps ensure people in every area of the state, urban or rural, have access to trauma care in a medical emergency.”
Nebraska’s case-fatality rate is consistently lower than the national rate. In 2011, the state’s rate was 2.91 deaths per 100 trauma cases. The national rate for the same year was 3.8 deaths per 100 trauma cases. As more health care facilities joined the trauma system, case-fatality rates declined.
Approximately 9,300 Nebraskans were admitted to Nebraska’s 46 designated trauma centers in 2011. An estimated 56,900 people received life-saving care from trauma centers since 2005.
Participating facilities must meet state requirements to be designated as a trauma center. That includes required training for physicians, nurses, mid-level practitioners and pre-hospital providers along with certain equipment. Facilities also have access to quality improvement programs, statewide and regional protocols for standardized patient care, and access to the Nebraska Trauma Registry – a database that tracks trauma patients and care provided to help improve the performance of the statewide trauma system and reduce injury and death.