The Midwest Trauma Society is formed for the purpose of promoting high standards of care for trauma victims; to create public and professional awareness of trauma; to sponsor and carry out educational programs for trauma professionals and others; to provide a forum for trauma professionals and others; to exchange information and ideas and to support efforts of public education and prevention strategies of trauma as a health care issue.
Trauma care is a concept that originated with the Korean and Vietnam Wars in which survival rates dramatically increased from World War I due to improved response time. Helicopters run by trained paramedics brought the emergency department to the victim and then transported them to Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units. In comparison to military emergency medical capabilities, civilian resources in the 1960’s were primitive. More people were dying on U.S. streets than in the war. Today, trauma care has improved dramatically. The Midwest Trauma Society is working diligently to ensure that everyone from health care professionals to the general public has the right tools to care for and prevent the life altering effects of a traumatic injury.
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
- Helen Keller