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Arkansas to develop Level One Trauma System

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I was watching KY3 last night here in Springfield and I saw a story abouth Arkansas developing a Level One Trauma System. I was pretty shocked to hear that even Little Rock didn't have a level one trauma when Springfield does. I guess my question is why has it taken the state so long to develop this. They said the state would like to put a 50 cent sales tax on cigarettes to pay for the costs. The locations that were mentioned was Little Rock and Northeast Arkansas. I was wondering why Northwest Arkansas wasn't a first choice but I guess the proximity to Tulsa and Springfield puts them in the back of the line.

I just wanted know some of your thoughts about why this took so long and if this has been a problem for the state in the past?

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I was watching KY3 last night here in Springfield and I saw a story abouth Arkansas developing a Level One Trauma System. I was pretty shocked to hear that even Little Rock didn't have a level one trauma when Springfield does. I guess my question is why has it taken the state so long to develop this. They said the state would like to put a 50 cent sales tax on cigarettes to pay for the costs. The locations that were mentioned was Little Rock and Northeast Arkansas. I was wondering why Northwest Arkansas wasn't a first choice but I guess the proximity to Tulsa and Springfield puts them in the back of the line.

I just wanted know some of your thoughts about why this took so long and if this has been a problem for the state in the past?

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As for creation of trauma centers, why on earth would NWA be first choice? If you could only have one trauma center, I would think you would want it geographically accessible to the most people. Little Rock provides that.

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I think he meant a "first choice" along with LR and NE Arkansas (or maybe in lieu of NE Arkansas) - I don't believe he meant for it to be first instead of Little Rock.

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This legislation would not be creating a trauma center. It would be creating a system for first responders to help them find the most appropriate place to take a patient. UAMS would be designated a Level I center as well as LR Baptist (most likely). Hospitals like Washington regional would be a Level II center. That is based on the current state of those facilities. The system would not expand the capabilities of a hospital. It would be the responsibility of the hospital to meet that threshold for Level I.

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