The National Trauma Institute, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization, imagines a world in which a horrific car crash does not result in immediate death or a lifetime of disability, a gunshot wound can be repaired with minimal long-term damage and U.S. soldiers can survive blast injuries and go on to lead healthy and productive lives.

In NTI’s world, the personal and societal costs of traumatic injury will be minimized. Superior treatments will stop hemorrhage before victims bleed to death, new protocols will eliminate secondary infections, and repair of damaged organs and tissues will be so complete that survivors will be able to avoid long-term disabilities that drain personal resources and strain social safety nets.

Listen to EAST Trauma Cast about NTI’s work

NTI works to fulfill this vision by attempting to fill a gaping hole in the nation’s research agenda. We assemble a critical mass of funds from a variety of public and private sources in order to award large-scale research grants to projects with the promise to advance clinical trauma practice, save lives and reduce disability.

Our priorities span the continuum of care from pre-hospital (first responders) to recovery and rehabilitation, and we set a research agenda each year to address the areas of most pressing need. Our current research priority areas are:

    Disaster Preparedness

    Airway and ventilation strategies
    Technology Development


The Facts About Trauma in the U.S.

■ Trauma is the #1 cause of death for Americans between 1 and 46 years old.

■ Trauma is the #3 cause of death overall.

■ Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million
ER visits and 2 million
hospital admissions.

■ Trauma injury accounts for 30% of all life years lost.

■ The economic burden of trauma is more than $671 billion annually.

■ Each year, more than 192,000 people lose their lives to trauma.