Do you know the levels of trauma care facilities are in your area? Check out this map of classified or verified hospitals in Wisconsin.
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 & II facilities must go through the American College of Surgeons verification process. Level III & IV facilities self-classify according to Essential/Desirable Criteria developed by the State. The State visits hospitals every three years to review the classification. Prior to the visit the hospital will be asked to complete a pre-review questionaire (PRQ). Visit the Wisconsin DHS Trauma Program website for current versions of classification documents and FAQ/clarification information.
Wisconsin uses a hybrid system to classify hospitals as trauma care facilities. Hospitals wishing to be considered Level I or II facilities must complete the American College of Surgeons process for verification. Wisconsin has essential and desired criteria for self-designation as a Level III or IV facility. Once a hospital has self-designated as a Level III or IV, the Department of Health Services will conduct a classification visit to confirm adherence to the criteria. Hospitals renew their classification every three years.