Trauma is the number one killer for ages 1 to 44. The emergence of mass shooter, terrorist attacks, increased commonality of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and two recent wars have refocused society’s attention on the care of the wounded. Recently organizations as diverse as the American College of Surgeons, the FBI, the Department of Defense, the American College of Emergency Physicians and many others have studied this phenomenon and through the Hartford Consensus, issued a Call to Action to better study and provide care of the severely injured.

As the Hartford Consensus points out, the lessons learned and the evidence gained from these injury modalities challenge the current patterns of injury treatment. Law enforcement, government agencies, emergency medical services, hospitals and the actual treatment methods of caring for the wounded are not optimally aligned to maximize victim survival.

The goal of the Southern New Jersey Trauma Research and Treatment Alliance (TRaTA), led by the Surgical Research Division of Cooper University Health Care, is to improve care of the region’s severely injured and surgically ill. TRaTA will accomplish this by enlisting alliance partners, establishing quarterly meetings and obtaining grants for the development of clinical studies.

To learn more or to join TRaTA, contact Ronald J. Murphy, EMS Outreach Coordinator at 856.968.7054 or murphy-ronald@cooperhealth.edu.