RTAC II | Regional Trauma Advisory Committees (RTAC)

RTAC II | Regional Trauma Advisory Committees (RTAC)

Trauma represents a serious health concern for Georgia’s citizens with the death rate from injury being eight percent higher than the national average. Studies have shown that many of these deaths are preventable and that the implementation of a cohesive, statewide trauma system can improve trauma patient outcomes and reduce deaths.

Currently, only one in four patients in Georgia who require the services of a trauma team are being treated at designated trauma centers. This statistic alone demonstrates the need for Georgia to continue developing its statewide trauma system of which the regional trauma systems are key components.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) notes that an ideal trauma system includes the following components:

  • Leadership
  • System development
  • Pre-hospital care
  • Definitive hospital care
  • Data collection and trauma system evaluation
  • Public policy and information
  • Education and prevention
  • Human resources
  • Legislation and finance

To this end, Region 2’s Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (RTAC) has been charged with creating a trauma plan that addresses the needs of the region’s 13 counties and approximate 700,000 residents. The purpose of Region 2’s Regional Trauma Plan is to define the resources and processes necessary to provide comprehensive care to trauma patients from the moment of injury through rehabilitation. The plan addresses the concerns of both the urban and rural areas of Northeast Georgia; including its unique geographic and transport challenges. A well-defined infrastructure, data-driven planning, stakeholder collaboration and a stable funding source are the keys to the plan’s ongoing success.

Region II Trauma Plan (PDF)

Approved 1.20.17_REGION 2 Trauma Plan -Rvsd 01-12-2017

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