Acute Care

Development of an Essential Trauma Care Program

Principal Investigator: Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Washington Department of Surgery
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HIPRC Center Grant)

Injury has become one of the leading causes of death and disability throughout the developing world, however, policy responses for both prevention and treatment have been minimal. In terms of treatment, there are many low-cost improvements that could be made to strengthen the care of injured persons. These could be made by developing an “Essential Trauma Care” program, similar to what has been done for other global health problems. Such a program would seek to better define what trauma treatment services should realistically be made available to almost every injured person in a given area. This program would then seek to develop ways to assure the availability of these services by strengthening the inputs of: (i) training and manpower; (ii) supplies and equipment; and (iii) administration and organization. The broad goal of this project is to develop such an Essential Trauma Care program.