NTI’s mission is to reduce death and disability from trauma by:
- Generating funding for trauma research through federal advocacy
- Coordinating translational trauma research on a national level
- Translating research findings into improved outcomes for injured patients
NIH Funding for Other Disease Categories Far Outstrips that for Trauma
(Top 3 Most Costly Conditions)
“It has been proven in many other major disease categories that research works— it establishes the evidence that improves outcomes and saves lives. Accelerated progress in trauma care requires significant and sustained funding of trauma research.”
Traumatic Injury is a Major Public Health Problem
- Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions and kills three times the number of Americans killed during the entire Vietnam conflict.
- Trauma is the leading cause of death of children in the U.S.
- Injury is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 46.
- Among people 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma, adding significantly to Medicare costs.
- Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) resulted in 6,817 service member deaths and 52,153 injuries (as of 8/6/14).
- The effect of trauma on productive life years lost exceeds that of any other disease.
- The economic cost of trauma amounts to $671 billion every year, including health care and work loss for those suffering both fatal and nonfatal injuries.