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Rep. Burgess Reintroduces Bill to Improve Trauma Care


In a report released in 2016, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Mathematics (NASEM) noted that as many as 30,000 deaths in 2014 could have been prevented if trauma care had been optimal. Included in a series of recommendations in the report was improved coordination and better integration of military and civilian trauma care.

On February 6, Rep. Michael Burgess, Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee reintroduced the Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths Act (MISSION ZERO Act) to address NASEM's recommendations. The MISSION ZERO Act (H.R. 880) would create a grant program to embed military trauma teams and providers, including emergency nurses, in civilian facilities. This will encourage the transfer of skills learned on the battlefield to civilian practice. Also, by allowing military trauma providers to work in civilian facilities, those providers are better able to keep their skills sharp while not deployed.