Emergency - Trauma Care and Stroke

Emergency - Trauma Care

There are significant gaps in our trauma and emergency health care delivery systems, and trauma is the leading killer of Americans under the age of 44. The AANS and CNS have worked tirelessly to urge Congress to provide the full funding for trauma and emergency care regionalization programs, which will support grants to states to improve critically needed state‐wide trauma care systems and pilot projects to develop models for regionalizing emergency care. As recommended by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in its groundbreaking 2006 report, “the objective of regionalization is to improve patient outcomes by directing patients to facilities with optimal capabilities of any given type of illness or injury.”

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ASPR National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness, January 2012Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics (WISQARSTM)Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Office of Public Health Preparedness & ResponseEmergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC)Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor ActFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about EMTALAOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR)


The AANS and CNS are dedicated to reducing the occurrence, disabilities and death associated with stroke. On a regular basis organized neurosurgery participates with various organizations like the Brain Attack Coalition and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to see how we can help facilitate that elected officials have a better understanding of how changes in health care and other public policies can help prevent strokes.

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