Lake Superior
Regional Trauma Advisory Council


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The Lake Superior RTACis an organized group of health care entities who have an interest in organizing and improving trauma care within our region. Our primary purpose is to design, implement and evaluate a trauma system within the region that is data-based, confidential and sensitive to the needs and limitations of our area.

An RTAC serves as the unifying foundation to bring together all local, county, regional, state, federal and other agencies, for the planning, education, training and prevention efforts needed to assure the exemplary care needed pre, acute and post injury for all visitors and citizens in Wisconsin.

The RTAC is designed as in inclusive organization and no formal membership application, fees or rules apply for general membership. We welcome anyone interested in joining us. 

Our members include:
  • Hospitals
  • All levels of EMS providers
  • Critical care transport and helicopter service providers
  • Public health
  • Emergency management
  • Dispatch agencies

Our region is based on the trauma referral pattern into our Level II hospitals in Duluth, MN,

Our region is very rural covering covers 5 counties, 6,100 square miles and 85,000 citizens - That's just under 14 people per square mile. 

Falls Prevention Checklist Available for your Service.  


The Lake Superior RTAC has developed a Falls Prevention program targeted to EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies to educate responders on what to look for when called to a home of someone who has fallen.  We chose the CDC Falls Prevention Checklist to hand out to patients and family members.  The checklist is quite comprehensive looking at everything from stairways and bedrooms to medications and exercise.  

Train the Trainer sessions will be held in the near future.  For more information contact:  Dan Diamon, RTAC Coordinator at

No News on the New ACS Book


As reported in June, a pre-publication version of the American College of Surgeons' "Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2014" has been released but there is no word on when the version will be finalized. In fact, the webpage where the guide had been posted is no longer active.


Wisconsin will wait for the official publication to begin making changes to the hospital classification criteria but in the meantime, the State Trauma Advisory Council has asked DHS to remove reference to the guidebook from HFS rule 118. This will allow the state to move a little quicker when new guidebooks come out and not have to open the rule to change versions. DHS did not comment on whether or not legal council will approve such a move.

Process Improvement Resources from Minnesota


Check out the Minnesota Department of Health's website for a number of documents related to hospital process improvement for trauma patients. The website includes presentations about PI in level III and IV centers as well as sample forms, worksheets and indicators.

No Luck Recruiting State Trauma Coordinator; EMS Unit Leader Candidates Interviewed 


After a second round of interviews DHS has failed to hire a new State Trauma Coordinator. DHS is once again reviewing the position and trying to identify why their efforts have been unsuccessful. Section Chief Jenny Ullsvik hopes that the position will be posted again within a week.


In the meantime DHS did get "several" qualified candidates for the EMS Unit Leader position and conducted interviews on August 4th. 

Upcoming Events

Lake Superior RTAC Membership and PI Meetings

9/17/14 at MMC - Ashland

    12/11/14 at Essentia St. Mary’s – Superior

      3/25/15 at Hayward Memorial Hospital

      5/20/15 at Spooner Memorial Hospital

PI Meeting at noon (closed)
Membership at 1300

Send Agenda Items To 
Dan @


October 14 & 15 - State Trauma Meetings, Madison

September 25, 2014 Health Care Coalition Transition Committee meeting - 


Grand Lodge in Wausau. 805 Creske Ave., Rothschild, WI 

Advanced Trauma Life Support
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Statewide Tourniquet Project

Through a grant from Hospital Preparedness, each RTAC is able to provide tourniquets to every licensed EMS Agency in the state.  Prior to implementing the use of tourniquets, each service will need medical director approval, a change to their protocols as well as education on the proper use of tourniquets.  

This information is available through your RTAC.  I have included ithe information on the resource page.  


Dan Diamon, Coordinator
5036 S Maple Dr
Poplar, WI 54864