TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- When disaster strikes, those working in trauma and emergency care in our region will be prepared thanks to an annual conference held in Tupelo.
Thursday was day one of the Trauma Conference hosted by the North Trauma Care Region.
Close to 200 medical professionals were in attendance to hear from experts in the field. They also received hands on experience in a simulated disaster zone and cadaver lab.
"It's not just about disaster. We want to get hands on experience with different tools and equipment," said Susan Perrigin, North Regional Trauma director.
According to Dr. John Porter, the chief of trauma at UMC, Mississippi is the only state in the United States that has a mandatory trauma system which has made Mississippi a national leader in decreased trauma deaths.
“Because we function as a team throughout the state, we’ve been able to decrease trauma deaths more than any other state in the Union,” said Dr. Porter.