Trauma Surgeon Named Chair of New Advisory Panel
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 5, 2008) Dr. Andrew C. Bernard, UK trauma surgeon, has been named chair of the new State Trauma Advisory Committee, the committee responsible for directing the development and implementation of the Kentucky Trauma System.
In March, Kentucky lawmakers passed House Bill 371 which establishes the initial framework of a statewide trauma system. Several UK trauma and critical care faculty and staff played a significant role in the bill's passage.
The Kentucky Trauma Advisory Committee is a result of the bill's passage. The 17-member group meets monthly. Dr. William Hacker, Commissioner of Public Health, appointed the panel's members who will help develop the new statewide trauma system. The law encourages the establishment of additional trauma centers and the drafting of written transport protocols for EMS providers to better define which patients require transfer to a trauma center. Additionally, the statewide trauma system would provide better, standardized education for providers - from first responders and EMT/paramedics, to nurses, physicians and even hospital administrators.
"I am pleased to work alongside so many others as we move forward in this very important endeavor. This new trauma system can save lives. It will take time and dedication to fully develop, but Kentuckians will benefit," Bernard said.
UK Chandler Hospital is one of only two Level 1 trauma centers serving the needs of Kentucky. Bernard is expected to serve as chair of the advisory committee for four years.