The research, funded by a grant from the Georgia Trauma Commission, reviewed more than 188,000 patient experiences between 2008-2012. The study evaluated the effectiveness of trauma centers in certain hospitals around the state.
Dr. Dennis Ashley, the director of trauma and adult critical care at the Medical Center, says critically injured patients have a 10% survival increase when being treated at a trauma center opposed to a non-trauma emergency room.
"Now finally we have Georgia data, Georgia specific data, that shows that trauma centers make a difference and saves lives," Ashley said. "We had no data to show that we were having a positive return on our investment."
Not all emergency rooms are trauma centers. The trauma units have teams made up of 11 people including: physicians, nurses, and technicians. All of whom are ready 24/7 if and when a patient needs to be seen and helps get them to surgery quicker.
Ashley also serves as chair of the state’s trauma commission. He says one of his responsibilities is to make sure the state’s trauma centers are properly funded and having completed research to show to legislators helps.
"This helps guide them when they do the appropriations and they do the funds that now we have some data scientific scrutiny, that’s been published, and shows that they are spending it wisely and makes a difference," Ashley said.
The Medical Center is the only level one trauma center in Middle Georgia.