NCRTAC Kicks Off Stop the Bleed Campaign

The NCRTAC kicked off its participation in the Stop-the-Bleed campaign in November by hosting a train-the-trainer session. the campaign and the associated B-Con class is intended to train and equip the general public to act quickly to stop life-threatening hemorrhage. 

After completing the "provider" course and registering on the ACS website, any healthcare provider can be an instructor. The NCRTAC has created Stop the Bleed training kits with hemorrhage control training manikins and supplies that member organizations can check out to conduct their own courses.

​Contact for more information or to set up a class.

Whitehouse Releases Updated Fentanyl Safety Document

An updated document of Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders has been released by the federal government. The document includes information for EMS, fire and law enforcement first responders about fentanyl exposure and methods to limit the risk. The document goes on to review management of suspected exposures and responders symptomatic of ingestion. Letter-size and poster-size versions are available for printing and sharing. 

ACS Releases New Guidebook

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has released the final version of their guide: Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2014. The new “Orange book” can be downloaded here.

It is important to note that there will be no immediate changes to the Wisconsin level III and IV trauma care facility criteria. As part of the official opening of rule HFS 118, an advisory committee made up of stakeholders from around the state met to discuss the changes and to propose which changes will be adopted by Wisconsin.

The recommendations have been forwarded to DHS who is now in the process of drafting the rule language. They expect to hold public meetings and accept comments in the near future. There will be plenty of notice from the State before the classification criteria changes take effect. 

NCRTAC Approves New Position Statement

During the January 2017 General Meetings the NCRTAC membership approved a new position statement aimed to help keep families together when multiple people are injured in the same incident. Endorsed by the trauma medical directors of both Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, the statement encourages EMS to establish early communication with receiving hospitals to discuss destination choices for trauma patients. While the first priority remains getting the patient to the appropriate level of care, whenever possible it is best to send all family members to the same facility. Check it out HERE.

North Central RTAC Meeting Schedule

All meetings are 9:00 am - Noon unless otherwise noted.

2019 Meetings

  • Mar 28 - Ascension St. Clare's Hospital
  • May 23 - ANNUAL MEETING - Ascension St. Clare's Hospital
  • July 25 - Aspirus Wausau Hospital
  • Sep 26 - Marshfield Medical Center
  • Dec 5 - Aspirus Wausau Hospital


NCRTAC Trauma Conference 2019 BROCHURE POSTED

The brochure for the NCRTAC Trauma Conference 2019 is now posted. Check it out HERE

The NCRTAC is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker will be Scott DeBoer! Scott DeBoer is a dynamic seminar leader with over 30 years of emergency, critical care, & flight nursing experience. He currently is a critical care transport nurse for MedEx Chicago after 22 years of flight nursing for the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network and is the founder of Pedi-Ed-Trics Emergency Medical Solutions ​ 

Performance Improvement committee provides trauma registrar training

The NCRTAC Performance Improvement committee has scheduled Mike Trelow from Pomphrey Consulting to present "Pre-Existing Conditions & Hospital Events" on Thursday, May 23 after the NCRTAC Annual Meeting at Ascension St. Clare's Hospital. 

We hope you will join us in person but the session will also be available via webinar.

Course description:​ Have you looked at the 2019 NTDS standards yet? This webinar focuses on the 2019 Pre-existing conditions and hospital events per the NTDS. We focus on identifying these events, how this can affect the patient's hospital stay and patient outcomes. We also cover each event in full detail- what is the definition, where to find it, what diagnostic tests to look for in the EMR and how to capture in your registry. Let us get you up to date with the 2019 NTDS Pre-existing conditions and hospital events (formerly known as Co-morbidities and Complications)!  

Session Highlights: 
  Pre-existing Conditions/Co-morbidities 
  Hospital Events/Complications that may develop during the hospital stay.    -Understand the impact that Pre-existing 
  Conditions and Hospital Events play in patient outcomes 

EMS for Children accepting nominations for the 2019 Pediatric Champion of the Year Award

National EMS Week 2019 is May 19 - 25. Wednesday, May 22, is National EMS for Children Day. This week is a time to celebrate the commitment and loyalty of EMS providers working to make a difference in the lives of millions on a daily basis. It also is a great opportunity to raise awareness and help influence the advancement of our trauma systems to allow for a safer environment for children.

National EMS for Children Day places the spotlight on the EMS crews who diligently work to provide optimal emergency medical care for children and recognizes the unique challenges faced by EMS professionals serving medically fragile children. 
In honor of this special day, the EMS for Children of Wisconsin is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Pediatric Champion of the Year Award. This award is granted to an EMS crew or station that has displayed outstanding care for a child in a medical emergency or trauma event, demonstrated exceptional effort in influencing the development of pediatric training or quality improvement programs, or worked toward creating injury prevention efforts.

Recipients will receive a lunch celebration, certificate of appreciation and a plaque for their station or crew quarters recognizing them as champions in the efforts to improve pediatric emergency care.

To submit a nomination for the Pediatric Champion of the Year Award, please CLICK HERE to complete the nomination survey. Nominations are due by April 1, 2019. To be eligible, the event must have occurred in the 2018 calendar year.

RTAC Coordinator Email Changes

The email address for RTAC Coordinator Michael Fraley will be changing effectively immediately to The former "" email is supposed to be good until 12/31/18 but we have been having difficulty with it recently so please update your contact information and begin using the new one now.

Additional Resources Available for Stop the Bleed Courses

The RTAC recently purchased individual hemorrhage control kits to give away with each class taught. We also have money available to offer modest stipends to instructors if they are not being paid by their employer or other sponsor. Contact for more details.