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 BleedingControl.org 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 Michael.Fraley@NCRTAC-WI.org for more information or to set up a class.
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.
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.
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.
All meetings are 9:00 am - Noon unless otherwise noted.
The NCRTAC has budgeted funds to be awarded as grants to NCRTAC EMS and hospital organizations. Grant applications will be reviewed in two rounds. Round 1 will be for up to $5,000 will be awarded one or more grants. Round 2 will be in May if funds remain from Round 1 or if any additional funds are made available by the Executive Council.
The grant funds can be used for any project that helps the NCRTAC meet its mission of reducing the death, disability and suffering that result from traumatic injuries and mass casualty events by providing a comprehensive and integrated system of regional prevention and trauma care resources throughout the continuum of care. Priority will be given to projects that are a collaborative effort by one or more organizations and those that have a regional impact.
Click HERE to download the funding application. Applications are due February 15.
The email address for RTAC Coordinator Michael Fraley will be changing effectively immediately to Michael.Fraley@NCRTAC-WI.org. The former "@Wisconsin.gov" 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.
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 Michael.Fraley@NCRTAC-WI.org for more details.