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ATS Position Statement on Trauma Survivor Support

Monday, January 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
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New ATS Position Statement Encourages Comprehensive Trauma Survivor Support


Jan. 8, 2018 (Falls Church, VA) -- Each year trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions across the nation; approximately 20-40 percent of these survivors experience high levels of posttraumatic stress disorder and/or depressive symptoms. The American Trauma Society (ATS) believes that comprehensive patient centered trauma care includes a commitment to systematically addressing trauma survivors’ psychosocial needs both in the hospital and during recovery. Comprehensive patient centered trauma care also should include the implementation of peer support programs connecting patients and families to each other.


The ATS supports patient screening for distress, peer support, community education, supportive education to family members, and when needed, psychosocial support by licensed professionals as patients recuperate in the weeks and months following serious traumatic injuries. “The trauma team can effectively treat catastrophic and life-threatening injuries but these interventions can only go so far in a trauma survivor’s total recovery. Patient support and self-management are critical components of the healing process,” noted Dr. Christopher Michetti, ATS president, a trauma and critical care surgeon.  A new position statement, Comprehensive Trauma Survivor Support, outlines these strategies with selected resources and is now available on the ATS website at  



Contact:  ATS Associate Director, Kathy Robinson, RN


Telephone:  703.538.3544 Ext. 1894

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