Preventing 30,000 Deaths a Year

By American College of Surgeons, Special for  USDR

Trauma leaders and experts gathered at the 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) this week to formally announce their commitment to working together with partners to achieve zero preventable military and civilian deaths from trauma. That goal, established in a June 2016 report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), would save an estimated 30,000 lives per year once  achieved.

The NASEM report, “A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths,” calls on military, government, and health care leaders to join together to establish a coordinated national trauma system. The report outlines 11 specific recommendations that would help the nation realize the vision that “the first casualties of the next war would experience better outcomes than the casualties of the last war, and all Americans would benefit from the hard-won lessons learned on the  battlefield.”

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