In a Time magazine opinion piece, Illinois senator-elect Tammy Duckworth and Boston Marathon bombing victim Patrick Downes state their case for establishing a military-civilian trauma care partnership that can save lives.
As a U.S. House member, Duckworth introduced the National Trauma Care System Act this legislative session, which would enact many of the recommendations published in the June 2016 NASEM report, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury.
Duckworth was traumatically injured when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting over Iraq in 2004, and has championed trauma care and research throughout her tenure in Congress. Her commentary in Time magazine draws well-deserved public attention to this life or death issue.
-by Pam Bixby, Pam@NatTrauma..org