AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 168

Trauma Care Centers/Fund

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Relating to state certification and designation of trauma centers; creating the trauma care fund to offset trauma care provided at certified and designated trauma centers; and providing for an effective date.

Posted: April 7, 2009
Bill Version: SCS CSHB 168(FIN)
Status: Chapter 98 SLA 10 : 2010-06-21

Trauma injuries can within moments take a person from perfect health to a critical life threatening condition. Trauma is any bodily injury from an external force including car crashes, shootings, falls, snow machine crashes, and stabbings. There is a "golden hour" after the injury during which proper treatment and appropriate interventions will potentially save a trauma patient's life and prevent further damage to the injured person.

Trauma is the leading cause of death for Alaskans between the age of one and forty-four and more than 800 Alaskans are hospitalized each year for spinal cord and brain injuries.

A trauma system is an organized multidisciplinary response to managing treatment of severely injured people and it spans the full spectrum from prevention and emergency care to recovery and rehabilitation. A trauma system enhances the chance of survival by making sure patients are brought to the most appropriate facility in the most efficient manner and that optimal care is delivered every step of the way.

Texas, Oklahoma, California, Alabama, Washington and Mississippi have implemented programs to address uncompensated trauma services. This legislation would recreate a trauma care fund which could reimburse trauma centers for uncompensated or undercompensated services. This bill will create an incentive for becoming a certified trauma center but does not force facilities to become certified trauma centers.

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