Contact Your Legislators Today to Endorse the MISSION ZERO Act

June 29, 2017

The transition of military trauma care advances into the civilian trauma care arena offers an opportunity to save lives and improve trauma care. The MISSION ZERO Act, S. 1022/H.R. 880 affords support to the Department of Defense to assign trauma surgeons to civilian trauma centers, expediting the transfer of military trauma expertise into our communities. Support for this integrated approach to trauma would help ensure military surgeons sustain skills between deployments and improve the care of trauma patients at centers through the United States.

In addition funding support for $28 million for trauma and emergency medical services programs and activities is currently being considered as part of the FY 2018 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Bill; Sections 1201-4, 1211-32, 1241-46 and 1281-2 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). Ensuring funding will ensure improvements in access to trauma care, prevent trauma center closures. Trauma centers are closing due to funding gaps and an estimated 46.7 million Americans lack access to Level I trauma centers within the first hour after injury, the most vital time.

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