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NB Trauma Program Releases First Annual Report

(HORIZON) March 14, 2014 - The NB Trauma Program recently released its first annual report outlining the burden of injury in New Brunswick and the progress made toward comprehensive, integrated trauma services across the province.


Highlights of the report include:

  • A Field Trauma Triage System that helps ensure trauma patients are transported directly to the most appropriate facility to meet their needs
  • A Toll-Free Trauma Referral System for physicians to provide timely transfers to other trauma centres where required
  • Established improvements in the time between arrival at the first hospital and arrival to definitive care for major trauma patients from across New Brunswick.

The NB Trauma Program was created in 2010 to address the fact that injury is the leading cause of death among those aged 1-44 in New Brunswick and accounts for more than $285 million in direct health-care costs every year. Through coordinated efforts across the province, the program provides New Brunswickers with fair, efficient and standardized access to trauma care, as well as programs for injury prevention, education and research.


"Serious and critical injuries are devastating for patients and their families. Our team is working hard to prevent as many of these injuries as possible and to coordinate the care of those who do suffer major injuries in New Brunswick," said Ian Watson, Administrative Director of the NB Trauma Program.


The NB Trauma Program ensures comprehensive, high quality and coordinated trauma care, education, research and injury prevention throughout New Brunswick. This work is accomplished by providing leadership and coordination for trauma with our program partners - the NB Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network and Ambulance NB.


The NB Trauma Annual Report and additional information on the NB Trauma Program is available online at



For more information contact:
Carolyn McCormack, APR
Media Relations 1-877-499-1899

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