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[IDHS] Stop 5: Summer Trauma Listening Tour - District 2
Start Date: 7/17/2012Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 7/17/2012End Time: 7:30 PM
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July 17, 2012
4:30-7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph County Public Library
304 South Main Street
South Bend, IN, 46601
(574) 282-4646

From June through September, the Indiana State Department of Health will hold a statewide Trauma Listening Tour. Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention staff, along with local stakeholders, will hold “open house” style meetings in all 10 Indiana public health preparedness districts for Hoosiers to learn more about trauma, learn how state and local agencies currently respond to trauma, learn how a trauma system could help the state and, most importantly, gather personal stories of how trauma has affected those in Indiana.

Traumatic injury is the No. 1 killer of Hoosiers under the age of 45; the same is true across the country and worldwide. Injury is the fifth most common killer of Hoosiers of all ages. Traumatic injuries kill young people in the prime of their lives, impacting society as a whole in health costs, lost productivity and emotional distress.

Injury prevention campaigns have gone a long way to decrease trauma deaths, but there is more that can be done. Indiana is one of only nine states without an integrated statewide trauma system. Indiana has elements of a statewide trauma system, such as emergency medical services (EMS) providers, trauma centers and a trauma registry. The State Health Department wants to work with the public and its many stakeholders to advance Indiana towards a formal trauma system.

Where trauma systems are in place, they save lives. When trauma patients are transported, by ground or by air, to trauma centers, the preventable death rates drop by 15-30 percent. Trauma systems correctly identify patients who need trauma care, anticipate needed resources for trauma treatment, route patients to the correct facility and improve care through a quality improvement process.

The public can come at any time from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and talk with the State Health Department Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention staff and local stakeholders. There will not be a formal presentation but the open-house style meeting will have information and displays staffed by state and local trauma experts. 3.0 hours of EMS in service will be awarded to attendees.
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