Trauma is the leading cause of death among individuals 1 to 44 years of age. Nationally, one individual dies of traumatic injuries every three minutes. In the United States, the financial impact of trauma is estimated to be approximately $671 billion annually, spent on direct trauma care and associated costs, such as loss in productive days and rehabilitation. The New Mexico trauma system registered dramatic development over the past 10 years. In 2007, the state had only three designated trauma centers, and today there are 12. However, over the same period, trauma system funding registered an equally dramatic decrease of approximately 70%. Having a functional trauma system in New Mexico is an absolute necessity. The purpose of this project was to identify potential sources of sustainable revenue for the New Mexico’s trauma system and to take the initial steps towards introducing legislation that will secure trauma system funding for the future. The work on this project resulted in initiating the first legislative step of this process.

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First Committee Member

Angeline Christine Delucas DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC

Second Committee Member

Therese Hidalgo DNP, FNP-BC


Trauma, funding, policy, finance

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