Wisconsin's Trauma Care System is located in the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care (OPEHC) in the Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services. Chapter 118 provides the authority for the Department of Health Services to develop and implement a statewid trauma care system. The departmental lead for the program is the State Trauma Coordinator.
All hospitals that wish to participate in the Wisconsin trauma care system are classified as a level I, II, III or IV trauma care facility.
Level I: Hospital characterized by capability to provide leadership and total care for every aspect of traumatic injury from prevention through rehabilitation, including research.
Level II: Hospital provides the initial definitive trauma care regardless of the severity of injury, but differs from Level I in teaching and research capability.
Level III: Hospital provides assessment, resuscitation, stabilization, and emergency surgery and arranges transfer to a level I or II facility for definitive surgical and intensive care as necessary.
Level IV: Facility provides stabilization and advanced trauma life support prior to patient transfer to a Level I or II.
Unclassified: Hospital that has chosen not to be part of the Trauma Care System or has not been approved as a Level I, II, III or IV.
Click here to see the NCRTAC trauma care facilities and their classifications.
The State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) is a thirteen member council of trauma experts from around the state. The primary role of the STAC is to "advise the department on issues related to the development, implementation and evaluation of the statewide trauma care system." STAC also provides input on the development of the RTAC trauma plans as well as the design and use of the State Trauma Registry.
The next State Trauma Care System meetings will be held: