Trauma System Discussion Set for Healthy Valley Women

April 11, 2013

Sheffield, Ala. - "Alabama's Trauma System - A Matter of Life and Death" will be the topic for Helen Keller Hospital's Healthy Valley Women program on April 23, 2013. John E. Campbell, M.D., FACEP, will be presenting this program. Dr. Campbell is the Associate Medical Director for the Southeast Alabama EMS Region and Spokesman for the Alabama Hospital Association's Alabama Trauma System Awareness Campaign.

This program will educate the audience about trauma and the trauma system. According to the Centers for Disease Control, trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals less than 45 years of age, accounting for 51% of deaths in that age range. The average Alabama driver has more than a 1 in 3 chance of being involved in a crash involving an injury or death while driving an automobile over his or her lifetime. The trauma system is designed to get seriously injured people to the place with the right resources, as quickly as possible. Patients have the best chance for survival if definitive care is available within an hour after injury.

Dr. Campbell has been an emergency physician for over 42 years. He is retired as the State Medical Director for EMS & Trauma, where he served for 6 years. He is currently working on development of the statewide trauma and stroke systems for the Alabama Hospital Association.

This program will be held Tuesday, April 23, 12 p.m., at the Keller Wellcare Center. This is a free program and lunch will be served. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling the Wellcare Center at (256) 386-4747. This has been approved for 1.2 credits of Continuing Education.

For more information on this program and on Healthy Valley Women, please call Christa Martin at (256)386-4107.