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.
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).
Wisconsin is currently in the process of updating the classification review criteria based on the most recent Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2014 (6th edition) from the ACS. Information about the update of DHS 118 will be posted here as soon as it is available.