Alaska ranks low on emergency preparedness study

Pew research suggests Alaska may be falling short when it comes to emergency care.

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE- Pew research suggests Alaska may be falling short when it comes to emergency care.

The study, conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians, gave the last frontier a report card grade of "D."
 
Alaska was ranked in 5 categories, from medical liability to disaster preparedness.
   
In the categories of quality and patient safety, public health and injury prevention and access to emergency care, Alaska was graded an "F."
 
But officials say there's little to be concerned about, because many of our challenges are geographically linked. Dr. Carlton Heine, local Chapter President, is inlcined to agree. 
    
"Because of the way our population is distributed in the state, the only center with enough population for a level 2 trauma center is Anchorage. There's no place  in the state that could have a level 1 center. That just means we won't score well because of the population density."
 
Alaska did get recognized for having strong medical liability and disaster preparedness.
 
Since the last report, Alaska jumped from 49 to 18 in disaster prep, but from 38th place to 42nd this year overall.
 
The study is released every 4 years. 

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