HCA, which is working to get Level II trauma center certification for five of its Florida hospitals, has formed a statewide program for transporting trauma patients and conducting research on trends in care, according to a news release.
HCA, USF Health partner on trauma-care project
HCA signed an affiliation agreement with USF Health, the academic medical center of the University of South Florida, to help local hospitals meet trauma needs by improving access and quality of trauma care.
The agreement also calls for the creation of the Florida Trauma Research and Analysis Center, which will analyze trends in trauma care and patient populations, according to the release. USF Health has not yet named a director of the new trauma network.
About 43% of Florida trauma cases stemmed from motor vehicle crashes in 2008, but a recent study by USF researchers concluded that fatality rates in such crashes is “closely associated” with distance to the nearest trauma center, the release said. Only about 38% of trauma patients in Florida receive their care in a designated trauma center.
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