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Assassination Attempt / Aftermath / Trauma Centers #276576

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Apr 18, 1981
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(Studio) White House physician, Dr. Dan. Ruge, appearing in United Press International interview, reported assessing President Reagan's condition immediately following assassination attempt; physicians involved in attending Pres noted attributing treatment he received from trauma center as saving his life. Such trauma centers reported among those programs targeted for budget cuts by President
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Peoria, Illinois) Function and operations of trauma centers such as that at Saint Francis Hosptial in Peoria, Illinois, explained; films shown. Role trauma plays in death rate of under-40 Americans mentioned. [Emergency medical systems dir. Dr. John OTTEN - notes death rate has been cut in half.] Illinois's role in developing trauma centers cited; details of program given. Ntnwide. trauma center systems outlined on map; question of center's fate due to Reagan admin's position on budget discussed. [OTTEN (ed.:incorrectly iden. as Dr. C. Thomas Thompson) - predicts end of trauma centers; elaborates. Amt. of federal funds spent on centers noted. [American College of Surgeons C. Thomas Thompson - notes need of seriously injured patient.] [Dr. Kenneth MATTOX - comments on pervasiveness of traumatic incidents in American life.] [DOCTOR - comments on regions not covered by trauma systems.] [Note: Idens. of spkrs. confused in video titling.]
REPORTER: Joan Snyder

Schieffer, Bob;
Snyder, Joan

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