House Passes Rep. Bill Johnson’s Improving Trauma Care Act

image001(2)WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed his Improving Trauma Care Act (H.R. 3548):

“Today, the nation’s traumatic emergency medical system is plagued by inconsistent definitions of what constitutes “trauma.” Failure to incorporate burns into the definition of “trauma” can result in coverage and provision of care gaps. The Improving Trauma Care Act is a straightforward, common sense, bipartisan bill that would update the definition of “trauma” to clearly include burn injuries. Simply updating the definition of “trauma” strengthens America’s burn care infrastructure and promotes the integration of burn and trauma care which is particularly important when confronting mass casualty disasters. I thank my colleagues in the House for supporting this legislation, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to immediately pass this bill.”