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Building a World-Class Trauma System

By | March 1st, 2013|Preparedness|

 Four years ago- AZ didn’t really have a trauma system.  We had 7 Level I (high-end) Trauma Centers…  but that’s it.  After 4 years and a full court press- we now have a decent trauma system that includes 31 trauma centers, (8 Level I, 4 Level III, and 19 Level IV (16 of the Level [...]

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AZ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Network Developing

By | February 6th, 2013|General, Preparedness|

Traumatic brain injury is involved in about 1/3 of all injury-related deaths- it’s clearly a public health issue.  That’s why we created Arizona's Excellence in Pre-hospital Injury Care project- which is aimed at improving brain injury outcomes in AZ. The National Institutes of Health chose AZ as the only state to evaluate the national standards [...]

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Acute Cardiac Care & Arizona’s EMS System – Setting the National Standard

By | December 4th, 2012|Preparedness|

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in Arizona (7,600/year).  Because Arizona’s EMS agencies (including more and more 911 centers) have implemented key interventions, the survival rate from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Arizona has increased by 300% since 2004.  Arizona’s pre-hospital and EMS system has become a model that has been adopted across [...]

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AZ’s Trauma System: Moving to the Next Level

By | December 3rd, 2012|Preparedness|

Injuries are the leading cause of death for Arizonans from age 1 to 44.  That means for the majority of the young and the middle-aged injury is more lethal than cancer, heart disease, hypertension and influenza combined.  The effectiveness of a State’s pre-hospital and Trauma System makes the difference when it comes to saving lives [...]

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AZ’s Pre-Hospital (EMS) – Trauma System Continuum

By | November 30th, 2012|Preparedness, Prevention|

The effectiveness of a State’s EMS and Pre-Hospital & Trauma System makes the difference when it comes to saving lives (and quality of life) from injuries.  Injuries are the leading cause of death for Arizonans from age 1 to 44- so you can see how important it is for states to have an effective EMS & [...]

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Global Stakeholders

By | August 30th, 2012|Preparedness, Prevention|

I often get good feedback about the things that we're accomplishing and the decisions that we're making... but it's not often that I get feedback from the other side of the globe- but that's just what happened this week. Kyoung-Jun Song, MD, an emergency physician in South Korea sent me an e-mail this week thanking [...]

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Trauma Informed Care

By | April 12th, 2012|General|

Trauma Informed Care provides another perspective when working with individuals in the behavioral health system.  Think of it this way, our life experiences have helped shape each of us into the person we are today, why would it be any different for our patients/residents. When a person experiences trauma it can have any number of effects [...]

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AZ Trauma System a Model for South Korea

By | March 6th, 2012|Preparedness|

We had the pleasure of meeting with a delegation of health officials from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) this week to talk about Arizona’s Trauma System.  The Director General of Public Health policy (Byung Guk Yang, MD) and his team met with our Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System team to talk about how we [...]

Being Prepared is No Accident

By | January 8th, 2012|General|

Last January 8th, the world was horrified by the events in Tucson Arizona.  A mass shooting in a supermarket parking lot on a Saturday morning – 19 people shot, 6 died.  As tragic as this event was, it could have been worse had the emergency medical care providers and trauma team not been prepared. It [...]

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Forging a New Trauma Tool

By | December 7th, 2011|General, Prevention|

Kudos to our EMS and Trauma System team for forging some new tools to improve trauma care in AZ.  Our Data and Quality Assurance team  developed an innovative benchmarking tool that’s shared with each of AZ’s trauma centers.  The tool shows each facility their injury specific survival rates and compares those rates to the (blinded) other [...]

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