Death and disability caused by injuries remain a significant public health issue. For both children and adults younger than age 45, traumatic injuries continue to be the leading cause of death in the United States. Injury-associated deaths furthermore lead to substantial economic consequences. Given the major impact that trauma and acute care can subsequently have, in the late 2000s a number of dedicated and enthusiastic anesthesiologists felt that a dedicated platform was needed to facilitate much-needed support and growth for this emerging subspecialty. This reflected the early casual inception of the Trauma Anesthesiology Society (TAS). The initial annual meetings were small and full of energy. Steady growth in subsequent years mirrored the need and desire of a growing group of anesthesiologists to not only further the field but also benefit from each other's experiences. This ultimately led to the...

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