What does this indicator measure?

The average drive time from the center of the community's population to the nearest American College of Surgeons verified trauma hospital. It is a measure of access to specialized trauma care.

Why is this indicator important?

When effective trauma systems are in place mortality rates among severely injured patients are reduced by 20 to 25%. Indiana's trauma system is currently anchored by 8 American College of Surgeons verified trauma centers. The closer a trauma patient is to one of these trauma centers, the more likely they are to survive their injuries and to have fewer long-term negative health outcomes.

About the data

Community: Indiana

Reference: U.S.

Goal: No goal has been developed

Measurement Period: 2012

Category: Injury Prevention & Safety

Community Source: Indiana State Department of Health, Epidemiology Resource Center and Injury Prevention and Trauma Program

Reference Source: N/A