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Look to the military to fix U.S. trauma care

Look to the military to fix U.S. trauma care

Each year, nearly 150,000 Americans die after being injured by accident or violence. These injuries cause nearly half of all the deaths among people under the age of 46 and cost the nation nearly $700 billion a year. What's even more astounding is that a significant number of the people who die after being injured — as many as 30,000 a year, or 80 every day — could have survived.

A key reason for many of these unnecessary deaths is that state-of-the-art trauma care was not available. Too often, a patient's survival comes down to the luck of location. Some states and cities have hospitals that are staffed and equipped to save the lives of badly injured patients. Other...