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.
All meetings are 9:00 am - Noon unless otherwise noted.
At the March regular meeting the NCRTAC general membership approved the position statement: Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient. The statement endorses the recently published Joint Position Statement by the same name from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the National Association of EMS Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians. The statement highlights changes in the way patients are cared for in the pre-hospital setting when there is concern or spinal injury. Besides endorsing the Joint Position Statement, the NCRTAC also recognizes that implementation of it requires training, protocols, quality assurance, communication, documentation and attention to patient care priorities. Check out the NCRTAC position statement for more details.
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.