February 6, 2018–Today in Washington, D.C. 32 trauma surgeons from across the country are meeting with their members of Congress to advocate for the creation of a National Trauma Research Action Plan (NTRAP). As recommended in the 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report on a national trauma care system, an NTRAP will be a key component of a system that minimizes death and disability.
The surgeons and other trauma professionals representing the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) together are making 174 office visits with the Congressional delegations from 22 states, including 140 meetings with House members’ offices and 34 with Senate offices. Their request is for $9.2 million in funding for a plan (and initial research projects that meet priorities) that will help to achieve Zero Preventable Deaths and Disability.
The Coalition for National Trauma Research comprises the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National Trauma Institute, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, ACS Committee on Trauma and Western Trauma Association.