ERIC Number: ED420286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Medical Readiness. Efforts Are Underway for DOD Training in Civilian Trauma Centers.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.
This report evaluates a Department of Defense (DOD) demonstration program that would provide trauma care training for military medical personnel through one or more public or nonprofit hospitals. Specifically, it examines DOD's actions to meet legislative requirements of the demonstration program; identifies other initiatives aimed at training military personnel in trauma care; and notes key issues that DOD should address if it expands the program. The report notes that because of the program's late start, it is too soon to assess its effectiveness; the report also notes that DOD has missed the April 1996 expected milestone. Several other initiatives, not limited to the training of general surgeons, were identified as potentially useful in assessing the feasibility of training military personnel in civilian trauma centers. Specific issues for DOD to address include physician licensure requirements, whether civilian trauma centers have the capacity to train large numbers of military personnel, whether military trainees can obtain sufficient experience if they have to compete for training opportunities with the centers' own personnel; and the need to balance wartime medical training with the substantial needs of the DOD's peacetime health care system. Comments of the DOD on this report are summarized. Appendices include a comparison of battlefield diagnoses and peacetime health care. (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Demonstration Programs, Emergency Programs, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education, Hospitals, Injuries, Medical Education, Medical Services, Military Personnel, Military Training, Private Sector, Public Sector, Surgery, War
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013; phone: 202-512-6000; fax 202-512-6061; http://www.gao.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.