Trauma response receives review

Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The state is posting a report from the American College of Surgeons who recommended 70 ways for Alaska to improve its trauma response.

Representatives from the organization visited the state last November to review Alaska's trauma response procedures.

Dr. Jay Butler, the state's chief medical officer, says the issue is important because Alaska's injury-related deaths are among the highest in the country.

Recommendations include:

• Add all acute-care hospitals to the state trauma system within two years.

• Integrate the trauma system into state and local disaster planning exercises.

• Develop a central coordination center for medical aircraft and monitor the availability and location of such aircraft.

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