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@Wi.gov for more information or to set up class.
The NCRTAC is hosting and partially sponsoring a Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR) course May 22 & 23 in Wausau. Click HERE for more details about TCAR. CLICK HERE for a brochure with specifics about our course and CLICK HERE to register for the class.
In honor of National EMS for Children Day, May 23, the EMS for Children of Wisconsin is now accepting nominations for the 2018 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. Learn more about the award and how to submit a nomination HERE.
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 brochure for the NCRTAC Trauma Conference 2018 is now available and registration is OPEN. Check out more details, download the printable brochure and find a link for online registration HERE.
DHS has has rescheduled the State Trauma Advisory Council and its committees for March 22 in Madison. Due to this the March 22 NCRTAC general membership meeting has been CANCELLED. Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 24 in Marshfield.