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In its second installment of a two-part series, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma published online its rationale for federal support of a National Trauma Action Plan that combines the assets and expertise of America’s civilian and military trauma communities. Titled Why the U.S. Trauma System Needs a Robust Civilian-Military Partnership, the article makes a clear argument for investing in such a plan.

Since the 2016 release of a report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), the American College of Surgeons has worked along with other stakeholders in the trauma community, including NTI, to bring its recommendations for achieving Zero Preventable Deaths to fruition. First and foremost is establishing a plan to move forward that encompasses military and civilian priorities. “The National Trauma Action Plan will outline steps to establish Federal leadership for one national trauma system inclusive of military and civilian trauma care, identify and close the gaps in trauma care in the United States, reduce unnecessary deaths, encourage data sharing and system-wide performance improvement, and increase trauma research funding commensurate with the ongoing burden of trauma to our society.”

-by Pam Bixby,