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 email@example.com.
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 In fact, the webpage where the guide had been posted is no longer active.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.
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.
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.
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
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Dan @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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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