Just what we need…consultants!
The [state trauma] commission has approved spending $65,000 to have the American College of Surgeons do a statewide assessment of trauma care. The assessment is expected to start in December and be completed in time for a late February briefing to the state Legislature, said Dr. Patrick O’Neal, director of trauma and emergency services for the state Division of Public Health.
O’Neal said he expects the college will recommend adding trauma centers to hospitals around the state, increasing emergency response services and expanding helicopter transportation to trauma centers. He hopes that a study by an outside agency will add credibility to the requests for more funding.
“They will identify gaps in the system,” he said.