We ALREADY know that research can save lives.
Traumatic injury is a major public health problem in the United States. Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions. Injury is the leading cause of death in Americans between the ages of 1 and 46, and its effect on productive life years lost far exceeds that caused by any other disease.
For these reasons, the National Trauma Institute was established to provide the leadership to focus a research agenda and gather the necessary funding to move it quickly toward solutions to trauma’s biggest challenges. No other U.S. health agency or institute deals solely with traumatic injury, and funding for such research has significantly lagged that dedicated to other public health priorities.
It’s time for a federal investment in trauma research that is commensurate with the public health problem. Even a 5% reduction in burden translates to 10,000 lives and $33 billion saved EVERY YEAR.
Dr. Gregory J. “Jerry” Jurkovich, MD FACS, Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery, UC Davis Health System; Chair, National Trauma Institute
NTI’s Recent Successes:
- Working within the Coalition for National Trauma Research, NTI advocated in Washington to secure funding in the DoD Health Programs budget for a military/civilian national trauma clinical trials network.
- NTI received $4.6 million Department of Defense contract to build a National Trauma Research Repository and conduct several clinical studies.
- NTI was awarded $1 Million in funding from the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program for studies on early detection of hemorrhagic shock and transfusion using stored fresh whole blood.