- The survival rate for critically injured trauma patients steadily increased from 1995 through 2005. The rate leveled out between 2006 and 2010.
- Age is an important factor in trauma care, irrespective of injury severity, with increased mortality after age 55. In 1995, about 30 percent of trauma deaths were age 55+. In 2010, nearly 60 percent of trauma deaths were age 55+. While survival trends in all major age groups during the time period 2006-2010 are similar, a recent increase in the number of deaths from falls in the older population (age 55+) slows down the overall upward survival trend.
- Since 1995, about 3,370 critically injured patients survived who might otherwise have died.
- There are 79 hospitals designated as adult trauma hospitals and 9 designated as pediatric trauma hospitals.
- In the period 2005 to 2010, three Level II hospitals changed to Level III. There is a shortage of subspecialty care such as neurosurgery especially in the central part of the state where there is a need for a Level II facility.
SELECTED ACTION ITEM:
||Develop strategies to improve care management and outcomes of trauma patients age 55+. |
||Kastl/DOH, Fernandes/DOH, Lopez/DOH, Rotert/DOH|