New initiative aimed at improving Minnesota's emergency care

By KBJR News 1

February 21, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Members of Minnesota's legislative delegation, along with the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, were in Duluth Friday to discuss a new initiative aimed at improving emergency care in Minnesota.

The American College of Physicians Report Card was released this year detailing how well emergency care is delivered.

Minnesota currently ranks 12th in the nation, compared to sixth in the nation just five years ago.

The report card covers five main areas: access to emergency care, quality and patient safety environment, medical liability environment, disaster preparedness and public health and injury prevention.

Medical officials cite a lack of funding for the decrease in trauma care.

That's why Minnesota State Representative Dan Schoen introduced the "Level of Readiness Trauma Hospital and EMS initiative" bill to the legislature in an effort to fund $20 million dollars for Minnesota's trauma care.

Dr. Thomas Wyatt says appropriate, quality care for a patient in an emergency situation is crucial.

"If you've ever been involved in an emergency which all of us are going to be involved potentially, you're only one emergency away from experiencing the doctors, nurses and the care that's needed to save your life and so we definitely need to be ready," said Wyatt.

The nation, as a whole, slipped in emergency care, dropping to a D-plus, compared to a C-minus five years ago.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati