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.
During the May 25th Annual meeting the general membership voted to approve a new set of Bylaws to go into effect July 1, 2017.