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Start Date: 7/30/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/30/2012
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Hoosiers can provide input for statewide trauma system

Indianapolis – The Indiana State Department of Health will hold a Trauma Listening Session from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Aug. 7 in Lafayette at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds in the Home Economics Building, 1010 Teal Road. Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention staff, along with local stakeholders, will hold an “open house” style meeting for area 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.


“Trauma is a subject that impacted me early in life, and it’s something I care deeply about,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. “Trauma affects many Hoosier families, and we want statewide participation as we continue to advance our state’s trauma care system.”


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.


Motor vehicle fatalities are a special challenge for Indiana, as our state ranks first in the nation for interstate highway miles per land area. And even though the death rate has decreased in the last 10 years, motor vehicle fatalities remain the No. 1 killer of Hoosiers ages 5-24. Another concern for Indiana is our rural areas. Sixty percent of all trauma deaths occur in areas of the United States where only 25 percent of the population lives.


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 toward a formal trauma system.


Where trauma systems are in place, they save lives. When trauma patients are transported to trauma centers, by ground or by air, the preventable death rate drops by 15 to 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 any time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to talk with the Indiana State Department of Health Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention staff and local stakeholders, including IU Health–Arnett Hospital, IU Health–Methodist Hospital, Franciscan Alliance St. Elizabeth Health, Tippecanoe County EMS, and the Emergency Nurses Association. Dr. Larkin will make a short presentation and take questions, and the open-house style meeting will have information and displays staffed by state and local trauma experts. Three Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available to all EMS professionals from first responders to paramedics, as well as coroners and deputy coroners, who attend the Trauma Listening Session.


“One of our goals to accomplish at these meetings is to hear from Hoosiers about their personal stories so we can move our state system of trauma care and injury prevention forward and save more Hoosier lives,” said Dr. Larkin.



Contact Information:
Name: Amy Reel
Phone: (317) 233-7315
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