During the May 25th Annual meeting the general membership voted to approve a new set of Bylaws to go into effect July 1, 2017.
A Child Passenger Safety Technician course will be held in Wausau December 4 - 6. Scholarships are available. Learn more and download the scholarship application HERE. Send your course and scholarship application to Wausau Area SafeKids Coordinator Emily Loertscher
The NCRTAC is recruiting presenters for our NCRTAC Trauma Conference 2018. Are you a conference speaker with an awesome trauma presentation or do you know someone that is? Contact RTAC Coordinator Michael Fraley ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more details.
(Message from Bill Oemichen) I am very pleased to advise you that Caitlin Washburn has accepted the position as the State Trauma Program Coordinator within our office and will assume her new position on October 2. As many of you know, Caitlin has been working in our office since January of 2016 in a variety of roles, including excellent service since early June as the interim State Trauma Program Coordinator. As you may also know, Caitlin recently earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biochemistry and Legal Studies with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2013 where she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Caitlin’s extensive education, administrative and program experience, and her evident enthusiasm for all things public health make her an outstanding permanent addition to our OPEHC team.
Please join me in welcoming Caitlin to this important role.
William L. Oemichen, Director
Office of Preparedness & Emergency Health Care
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Congratulations to Wausau Fire Department and South Area Fire & Emergency Response District for being awarded a $5,200 grant from the NCRTAC to purchase and implement the Handtevy Pediatric Emergency Standards system in their departments. WFD and SAFER will be working together to purchase the system, train their members and implement the system across the regions they cover. The Handtevy program improves emergency care to children by providing more efficient and safer equipment sizing and medication dosing information.
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.