Wisconsin’s trauma care providers and EMS responders know first-hand the human toll exacted by traumatic injuries. The leading cause of death for people between the ages of one and 44, traumatic injuries killed 3,231 people in Wisconsin during 2003 alone. For every two people who die of traumatic injuries, an estimated six are permanently disabled.
Traumatic injuries increase the demand on Wisconsin’s healthcare resources. A fourth of all Emergency Department visits are related to traumatic injuries. In 2002, there were 934 injury-related hospitalizations per 100,000.
Each year trauma accounts for 37 million emergency department visits and 2.6 million hospital admissions
across the nation.
Life Years Lost* (2006, most recent available)
Trauma injury accounts for 31% of all life years
lost in the U.S.
Cancer accounts for 16%
Heart disease accounts for 12%
HIV accounts for 2.0%
Economic Burden (Finkelstein, 2006)
$406 billion a year, including both health care costs
and lost productivity
Deaths due to injury (2006, most recent available)
Ranking as cause of death
#1 for age group 1-44, or 47% of all deaths in this
#5 as leading cause of death overall, across all age groups
Burns (2007, most recent available)
500,000 burn injuries require medical attention annually.
Falls (2006, most recent available)
Nearly one third of older adults experience a fall each year
In 2006, over 8 million people were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries related to falls; 1.9 million of these were people aged over 65 years.
In 2006, more than 20,800 people died of fall-related injuries; over 17,700 were 65 years or older.
Because trauma is a disease affecting all ages of people, the impact on life years lost is equal to the life years lost from cancer, heart disease and HIV combined.
Finkelstein, E.A., Corso, P.S., & Miller, T.R. The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States.
USA: Oxford University Press. 2006
What is RTAC?
An organized group of healthcare entities and other concerned individuals who have an interest in organizing and improving trauma care within a specified region.It serves as the unifying foundation to bring together all local, county, regional, state, federal and other agencies, for the planning, education, training and prevention efforts needed to assure the exemplary care needed pre, acute and post injury The primary purpose of an RTAC is to design, implement and evaluate a trauma system within a region that is data-based, confidential and sensitive to the needs and limitations of each regional area.