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21st Annual Meeting of the German Retina Society and 8th Symposium of the International Society of Ocular Trauma (ISOT)

German Retina Society
International Society of Ocular Trauma

19.06. - 22.06.2008, Würzburg

Economics of funding a eye trauma center: Mechanisms of public financing

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  • Michael Grant - Baltimore/USA

Retinologische Gesellschaft. International Society of Ocular Trauma. 21. Jahrestagung der Retinologischen Gesellschaft gemeinsam mit dem 8. Symposium der International Society of Ocular Trauma. Würzburg, 19.-22.06.2008. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2008. DocISOTRG2008V041

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Published: June 18, 2008

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Objective: To assist ophthalmologists and administrators in developing a funding mechanism for treating ocular trauma patients.

Design/Methods: Description of funding methods for operating an Eye Trauma Center

Results: Significant financial resources are required in order to operate an Eye Trauma Center able to provide 24/7 coverage, the ability to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of ocular and orbital injuries, access to appropriate consultants, and maintain a trauma registry. Additional required institutional resources include facility, staff, and a quality assurance mechanism. Legislative initiatives, our institution’s approach to this challenge will be presented in detail. This approach in some form may become a useful model for other institutions.

Conclusions: Sub-specialty Trauma Centers, such as a Level I Eye Trauma Center can be organized, however, the potential financial burden on the institution can be significant. Thus, mechanisms must be developed to defray the cost for providing this service.