KEEP TRAUMA CENTERS
HOW CAN TRAUMA CENTER CARE BE STREAMLINED TO PRESERVE CARE BUT MINIMIZE COSTS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Trauma centers are very expensive but are worth it in terms of lives saved, a Johns Hopkins study led by Ellen MacKenzie shows. Economies can be realized by regionalizing trauma care as much as possible as well as other measures, MacKenzie says.
MACKENZIE: What this shows us is that the idea of designating a number of hospitals as trauma centers is well worth the money in terms of saving lives. I think the other important message is that you want to designate these trauma centers in a regionalized way so that you develop an efficient system and triage mechanisms so that people can be identified in the field, and you match the patient with the right level of care. You’re not taking everybody to a trauma center. :29
MacKenzie says educating emergency response providers and enabling them to triage patients to the most appropriate center rather than the closest one is one important strategy. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.