On or about January 1, 2011 instead of driving an injured person to the nearest hospital, they will be taken to the hospital that is best equipped to treat their injuries. The new system will determine where an injured person should be taken based on their injuries. The goal is to reduce injury related deaths.
This new trauma system will network hospitals and other emergency service providers statewide. The focus is to transport the injured person to the facility that is best able to treat their injuries. The 911 system will still be used. A medical technician will then evaluate the severity of the injuries and notify central command of their assessment to determine where to transport the injured person. If the person requires stabilization first, they will be transported to the nearest facility to stabilize and then transport to another facility if necessary. It is anticipated this will reduce deaths related to injuries by approximately 25%.