Congresswoman Duckworth Introduces Legislation to Begin Creation of a National Trauma Care System

Today Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 6132) that would implement many of the recommendations offered in the June 2016 National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Report, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury.

The legislation seeks to lay the groundwork for a plan for a national trauma care system that eliminates preventable deaths related to injuries, minimizes disabilities and improves response to mass casualty incidents. Plan components include a data-driven research agenda, a robust dissemination plan, a national research action plan, military-civilian trauma center partnerships to ensure knowledge transfer, revised and clarified regulations, a continuous improvement process and more.

“With the introduction of this comprehensive piece of legislation, Congresswoman Duckworth is taking an important first step toward the realization of a national trauma care system that, to the greatest extent possible, reduces death and disability related to traumatic injury,” said Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) Co-Chairs William G. Cioffi, MD, and Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD.

Many in the trauma community are rallying around both Duckworth’s bill and the conclusions and recommendations laid out in the June 2016 NASEM report, which was produced by the Committee on Military Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and Its Translation to the Civilian Sector. The November issue of the Journal of Trauma is devoted to official responses from various stakeholders, including Colonel Todd Rassmussen, Director of the DoD’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program, CNTR, ACS and others.

“Representing many different stakeholder groups–including trauma surgeons and investigators in both civilian and military settings, who seek the best possible outcomes for their patients–CNTR fully supports H.R. 6132,” said Drs. Cioffi and Jurkovich.

Read Rep. Duckworth’s press release: HERE.

Read a summary of the bill: HERE.