Lake Superior
Regional Trauma Advisory Council



isconsin Trauma Care System

Wisconsin's Trauma Care System is located in the Bureau of Communicable Disease and Emergency Response (BCDER) in the Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services.  Chapter 118 provides the authority for the Department of Health Services to develop and implement a statewide trauma care system. The departmental lead for the program is the State Trauma Coordinator.

Julie Forcier

Hospital Classification
All hospitals that wish to participate in the Wisconsin trauma care system are classified as a level I, II, III or IV trauma care facility.

  • Level I: Hospital characterized by capability to provide leadership and total care for every aspect of traumatic injury from prevention through rehabilitation, including research.
  • Level II: Hospital provides the initial definitive trauma care regardless of the severity of injury, but differs from Level I in teaching and research capability.
  • Level III: Hospital provides assessment, resuscitation, stabilization, and emergency surgery and arranges transfer to a level I or II facility for definitive surgical and intensive care as necessary.
  • Level IV: Facility provides stabilization and advanced trauma life support prior to patient transfer to a Level I or II.
  • Unclassified: Hospital that has chosen not to be part of the Trauma Care System or has not been approved as a Level I, II, III or IV.

Level I & II facilities must go through the American College of Surgeons verification process. Level III & IV facilities self-classify according to Essential/Desirable Criteria developed by the State. The State visits hospitals every three years to review the classification. Prior to the visit the hospital will be asked to complete a pre-review questionaire (PRQ).

The State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) is a thirteen member council of trauma experts from around the state. The primary role of the STAC is to "advise the department on issues related to the development, implementation and evaluation of the statewide trauma care system." STAC also provides input on the development of the RTAC trauma plans as well as the design and use of the State Trauma Registry.