Johnson County selected to participate in national study of pre-hospital trauma deaths
Johnson County will serve as a de facto representative for the Midwest in a study of certain deaths which officials believe to be preventable.
Johnson County Medical Examiner administrative director Clayton Schuneman told the Board of Supervisors this week 34 cases in Johnson County over a two-year time period met the criteria of the MIMIC study.
“We see this as an honor for JCME to have been selected to participate in this study,” Schuneman said, crediting head medical examiner Marcus Nashelsky. “We’re essentially working alongside some of the most well-respected medical examiner departments in the country.”
The study, funded by a Department of Defense grant, will look at a total of 3000 trauma-related deaths in pre-hospital settings. The goal, Schuneman says, is to identify liabilities in the current trauma system and to improve survival rates for those who suffer injuries, whether military personnel or a civilian.
Medical examiner employees won’t have to enter any specific case data but will take anonymous data and enter it into the MIMIC system. The county will be reimbursed $140 per case, or a total of $4,760.
Four other states – Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, and Oklahoma – plus Washington, D.C., are also participating in the study.