SAN DIEGO-Trauma care in the United States is on or heading toward life support. Although this may sound hyperbolic, it points to a need, seen by many otolaryngologists and other surgeons, to raise awareness of the growing gap between the numbers of people in need of trauma services and the accessibility of getting those services. Reimbursement issues, time requirements, and geographical constraints are all challenging issues that otolaryngologists and other surgeons face in providing head and neck trauma services. To continue to provide these services, otolaryngologists need to address these challenges and continually update their skills to provide the best care possible.
Explore this issue:December 2009
The need to enhance trauma systems nationwide, in every state, is illuminated by data that show that fewer than 10% of hospitals have a trauma center, only eight states have fully developed trauma systems, and up to 38% of the population may not be covered by a statewide trauma center.
-Marion Couch, MD, PhD
The lack of infrastructure support for trauma services comes at a time, ironically, when the nation is building a homeland security effort to be ready for mass casualties that may result from a natural disaster or terrorist attack.| | | Next → | Single Page