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Yes, and especially in rural and frontier regions. Our family and friends who live in rural parts of the state face delays in being found if they are injured, longer EMS response times, greater distances to a trauma center, and limited access to specialty resources. All of these factors put them at a higher risk for disability or death.
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Traumatic injury causes physical disability and death. Traumatic injury has surpassed disease as a leading public health concern, hitting our children and elders the hardest. It is the leading cause of unintentional death for Kansans ages 1 to 44.
When you suffer a serious injury you need timely public access via:
All of this reduces the chance that you will become severely disabled or die.
For every injury death, there are 260 injury-related emergency room visits. Rushing a child to the emergency room is probably the most harrowing experience of anyone's life. It is critical to know your Kansas Trauma Centers (PDF).
We take a systematic approach to provide care to the injured patient. So we can match the patient to the right resources for their injury in the shortest amount of time possible, the Kansas Trauma System strengthens a network of relationships between:
It's your participation and input that makes this network operate smoothly.
In 1999, the Advisory Committee on Trauma (ACT) was established by Kansas statute (K.S.A. 75-5663 to 75-5670). The Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) was tasked with administering the program and thus the Kansas Trauma System was born. From there, Trauma regions were outlined and dubbed "Regional Trauma Councils" and executive committees were chosen among peers to lead each council of general members.
A Trauma Registry database was put in place. Representatives from a variety of professional organizations including hospital associations, medical societies, EMS, nurse associations and legislators serve on the ACT to help guide the overall direction of the system. KDHE then develops the rules and regulations necessary to carry out the decisions.
To answer your question, we're a little over 20-years-old. We like to think our program is entering its "college years" and that means making those life-defining decisions all 20-year-olds make.
The Kansas Trauma System is making decisions that affect your life, behind the scenes of course:
All of these are to ensure the system works better for injured Kansans and the practitioners who care for them.
View our Get Involved page to see what you can do to help.