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Indiana State Department of Health

Trauma System/Injury Prevention Program Home > Indiana's Trauma System > History of Trauma in Indiana History of Trauma in Indiana

Trauma is an important public health and health care delivery issue because of its major impact on the lives and health of Hoosiers.

Trauma refers to people who have sustained severe injuries, requiring rapid evaluation and transport to specific hospitals with trauma care capabilities, staffed and equipped to provide the comprehensive care needed. All hospital emergency departments are not trauma centers; only 11 Indiana hospitals are American College of Surgeons – verified as trauma centers.

A trauma system is an organized, coordinated effort in a geographic area that delivers the full range of care to all injured patients. Until March 2006, Indiana was among a handful of states with no laws or regulations granting oversight authority for trauma care. Proper oversight is a necessary element of any trauma system. Public Law 155, enacted in 2006 with support from resolutions by the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indiana Emergency Nurses Association, changed that. This legislation designated the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) as the lead agency for a state trauma care system with goals of preventing injuries and coordinating care for injured patients in order to reduce death and disability. No funding was appropriated with this legislation; in fact, of all the states, Indiana appropriates the lowest per capita funding for public health programs. This lack of focus on public health programs is one reason Indiana lags behind many states in trauma system development.


Indiana’s Trauma Timeline

Click on a date to display the events that took place during that year in the development of the statewide trauma system.

2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

In February and March, the ISDH completed their Trauma Registry Training Tour around the state.