RTAC I | Regional Trauma Advisory Committees (RTAC)

MISSION

The mission of the Region 1 Trauma Plan and RTAC is twofold. First, they aim to reduce the burden of trauma through injury prevention efforts focused on injury data and statistics specific to Region 1 and other regional plan participants. Second, they will strive to ensure that victims of trauma receive care across the continuum from pre-hospital through rehabilitation that is of the highest quality to ensure the best possible outcome.

VISION

The Region 1 Trauma Plan and RTAC will provide leadership regarding the care of trauma patients within the region and across regional and state boundaries where appropriate.

GOALS

  • Reduce the number of preventable deaths
  • Improve outcomes from traumatic injury
  • Reduce medical costs through appropriate use of resources.

OBJECTIVES

  • Collaborate with participating agencies and organizations to provide oversight and guidance for system evaluation, education and training programs, and public education and prevention strategies.
  • Work in conjunction with the State Office of EMS & Trauma (OEMS&T) to monitor availability of resources, assure compliance with system standards, and to develop a process for review of trauma care.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes at a system level.
  • Analyze the impact and results of the system and make recommendations for change as appropriate to assure quality outcomes.

RTAC I MEMBERSHIP

RTAC members are appointed by the Region 1 EMS Council Chair. There will be a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 24 members appointed. The RTAC functions under the bylaws of the Region 1 EMS Council. The members of the RTAC will be central to the success of the regional plan and state-wide trauma system development. The membership shall be active and will require contribution and interaction of all the members.

The membership of the RTAC will be made up of stakeholders who are representative of the demographics of the region and the various components of the trauma system. The membership and makeup of the RTAC shall be approved by the Region 1 EMS Council.
The RTAC Chair will preside at all RTAC meetings. The chair will set the meeting agenda and facilitate meeting discussion. The chair must be a full voting member of the Region 1 EMS Council.

The Vice-chair shall perform the duties of the chair when the chair is absent from a meeting. The Vice-chair is not required to be a member of the Region 1 EMS Council.

The Coordinator will serve as the point person and secretary. They will call the role and determine if a quorum is present. They will maintain all minutes of the meetings and distribute to the general membership. They will review and maintain copies of all organizational correspondence and assist in the dissemination of information to the general membership. They will also serve with the Chair and Vice Chair to collaborate with all stakeholders to manage and carry the plan forward.

RTAC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

Level I and Level II Trauma Center Representative(s) – There will be at least one representative from each within the Region.

Hospital Members (minimum of 3) – members from this group should be from senior hospital management, at least one who is a direct patient care provider, at least one from a critical care access hospital, and at least one from a rural hospital who is a designated or non-designated participating hospital.

EMS Members (minimum of 3) – at least one member will be from an urban 911 EMS service area, at least one member will be from a rural 911 EMS service area and at least one member must provide direct patient care.

Physician Members (minimum of 3) – at least one one should be a rural physician who is actively providing trauma care at a designated or non-designated participating hospital, one should be a trauma surgeon.

Nurse Members (minimum of 3) – nurses serving on the RTAC should have knowledge of both pre-hospital care as well as hospital care and ideally will have experience in trauma related educational activities or injury prevention activities.

EMSC Representative (1) – There will be a member of EMSC appointed to RTAC to oversee and make recommendations on pediatric trauma care.

State Representatives (3) – There will be at least one person to represent our neighboring states of Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina to advise and bring forth the resources and expertise of their respective trauma systems and improvement.

At-Large Members – the following areas should be considered for At-Large membership, others may be included as needed; Fire Services, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Air Ambulance Services, Business and Industry, Public Health to include epidemiologist, Emergency Preparedness, Government Officials, Injury Prevention, previous trauma patients and/or family members.

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