Protect Florida Patients & Preserve Quality Level 1 Trauma Service

Florida’s trauma system is already one of the best in the nation.  Florida’s trauma centers are strategically located across the state to provide maximum-efficient, high-quality trauma care.  To protect Florida patients and preserve Level 1 trauma services across Florida, Florida lawmakers should oppose Senate Bill 746 and House Bill 1077, which is only being pushed by one health care provider in an effort to increase their bottom line.

 

A MUST READ: South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial “Don’t open floodgates on trauma centers”

According to the Florida Chapter of American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, Florida’s existing trauma care system is recognized as a national model for its scope and quality

Deregulation of Florida’s trauma care system would:

  • Reduce medical services and risk of losing Level 1 service altogether in some Florida communities. Decreased volume and increased costs in our Level 1 trauma centers would make maintaining that status nearly impossible, as patient volume is crucial to maintaining highly skilled services. Level 1 trauma centers would not have enough patients to sustain the required training of medical professionals, clinical research or residency training.
  • Increase costs to Florida’s health care system. Opening additional trauma centers would result in unnecessary costs where there is already Level 1 trauma centers serving the minimum of 1,200 trauma patients.  Skilled surgeons and other trauma medical professionals are in severe shortage and high demand. Staffing additional, unnecessary trauma centers in Florida communities would result in bidding wars over the best medical staff, further increasing costs and diluting quality and effectiveness.
  • Break up Florida families. Level 1 trauma centers treat children and adults; however, some proposed centers have stated they would only provide services to adults.  If a family trauma, such as an auto accident, occurred, families could be separated, adding to the confusion and stress of the emergency.

Florida’s trauma care system should maintain:

  • A transparent network of trauma care centers that provide coverage to all Floridians.
  • A needs-based trauma care system that allows for the highest quality of care by the highest quality doctors and staff.
  • Continuum-of-care, including planning, preparedness, prevention, research and quality.
Florida simply cannot afford a downgrade in its trauma care system.  It is imperative that Florida lawmakers preserve the working trauma care system in Florida by opposing SB 746/HB 1077.