It’s time for a federal commitment to fund traumatic injury research.
Even a 5% reduction in trauma deaths, injuries and economic burden would save nearly 10,000 lives, prevent 1.5 million injuries and reduce the nation’s healthcare burden by $33 billion EVERY YEAR.
Trauma is uniquely defined by the severity and location of the injury. Traumatic injuries can be sustained due to vehicular collisions, falls from heights or at excessive speeds, gunshot wounds and burns.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF TRAUMA?
Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death of all Americans from birth through 46, with more than 190,000 deaths from trauma each year and an annual societal cost of $671 billion.
WHERE ARE THE GAPS IN TRAUMA RESEARCH?
There are gaps in clinical knowledge related to non-compressible hemorrhage, resuscitation, regenerative medicine, pre-hospital and en route care, device development, evidence-based approaches to patient and family support following major trauma, and more.
RESEARCH CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Significant and ongoing research support has been shown to drastically reduce fatalities in many disease categories, including HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Heart Disease.
FUNDING FOR TRAUMA RESEARCH
Since 1966, several federal agencies have issued reports citing a need for increased funding for trauma research, but sufficient funding has never been appropriated.