DHS map of classified 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 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.