This summer, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention will hold regional meetings to hear your ideas, along with other stakeholders, about creating a system to help those who suffer traumatic injuries.
|Gregory Larkin, M.D.
“It is a priority for the state health department to continue to advance our state’s trauma care system, and we want participation from Hoosiers across the state as we move forward,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D.
The purpose of the listening tours is to gather personal stories of how trauma has affected those in the state and how a statewide system could help.
While Indiana has emergency medical services providers, trauma centers and a trauma registry, it is one of only nine states without a statewide trauma system.
Listening tours will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in these locations:
- June 28, Thursday, Woodland Park, Portage
- July 11, Wednesday, The Public Safety Academy, Fort Wayne
- July 17, Tuesday, St. Joseph County Public Library, South Bend
- July 24, Tuesday, Mid-America Science Park, Scottsburg
- Aug, 7, Tuesday, Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, Lafayette
- Aug. 21, Tuesday, Delaware County Fairgrounds, Muncie
- Aug. 29, Wednesday, Columbus Learning Center, Columbus
Read more on in.gov.
New rule on critical care
If you provide emergency care, you may be interested in a new state rule that will triage those who suffer traumatic injuries to verified trauma centers.
The Triage and Transport Rule, adopted by the state’s Emergency Medical Services Commission, is aimed at providing quality critical care during the first 60 minutes following a traumatic injury. It requires that EMS personnel assess the condition of each patient at the scene of an incident and determine if the patient falls into the most severe categories of trauma injury as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If so, the patient must be taken to the nearest trauma center. Exceptions include:
- Transporting the patient for more than 45 minutes
- Allowing a patient’s right to decide
- Determining if the patient’s life would be endangered if care was delayed by going to the nearest trauma care center
In these instances, the patient would be taken to the nearest hospital.
Indiana’s eight trauma centers include:
- Deaconess Hospital, Evansville
- St. Mary’s Medical Center, Evansville
- Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne
- Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne
- IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
- Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis
- IU Health Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis
- Memorial Hospital of South Bend
| The American College of Surgeons verifies trauma injuries as:
- Multiple fractures
- Brain injuries
- Punctured lungs
- Handgun and stab wounds
- Car rollovers and ejections
- Falls of more than 20 feet