Thinking About What
No One Likes to Think About

The world of medicine sees trauma from all sorts of places: car accidents, farming equipment malfunctions, and sports injuries are some of the common ones. To treat patients, a “trauma system” is created wherever possible.

A trauma system is a strategically organized approach to:

Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

EMS Response

EMS Response

Hospital-Based
Acute Care

Post-Hospital Rehabilitation

Post-Hospital
Rehabilitation

These are fully integrated within a state’s public health system to ensure all patients get the appropriate care in a timely, coordinated, cost-effective manner. We don’t know enough about trauma, but what we do know tells us there’s a lot to be done. Here are some hard-hitting facts that Georgia, and all states, need to focus on.

4th

Trauma is the 4th leading cause of death for all age groups.

1:3

For every death caused by
traumatic injury, three people
become severely disabled.

20-40%

Amount the death/disability
rate decreases in areas with
established trauma systems.

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