FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RELEASES AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS COMMITTEE ON TRAUMA STUDY
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today received the final report from the systems consultation team of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT). As promised, the Department is immediately providing the full report to the people of Florida to inform the process of trauma system improvement in the state. The report is available here: American College of Surgeons Final Report
"We welcome the final report on Florida's trauma system by the ACS COT systems consultation team," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "We remain committed to collaborating with the Legislature, community leaders, the Florida Committee on Trauma, hospitals, EMS professionals and other trauma stakeholders to ensure that quality trauma services are available when needed."
The results of this study, together with public testimony received during the nine rule workshops, will be used to create an initial draft of a trauma center apportionment rule. The draft rule will then be presented for feedback in a series of rule workshops.
Injury is the number one cause of death in Florida for ages one to 44. In 2011, more than 42,000 injured patients received care through Florida's System of Trauma Care. At 30 years old, this system remains an organized effort across injury prevention, pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), rehabilitation centers, 25 verified trauma centers and two provisional trauma centers. Promoting standardized pre-hospital trauma services and connecting non-trauma acute care hospitals to the system remain priorities for the Department.
The Bureaus of Emergency Medical Oversight and Preparedness and Response are in the process of analyzing the final American College of Surgeons' Consultation Visit Report to determine a plan of action on each recommendation. Since we are in the review process and may not be able to address questions at this time, we want to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions or provide comments and/or suggestions related to the recommendations included in the final report. Below is the link to a survey where you can submit your questions and suggestions.
DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Upcoming Trauma Rule Promulgation Activities
64J-2.006, Florida Administrative Code, Trauma Registry - Notice of Rulemaking
None at this time.
64J-2.010, Florida Administrative Code, Apportionment of Trauma Centers within a Trauma Service Area
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONCLUDES TRAUMA RULE WORKSHOPS
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STRENGTHENS TRAUMA PROGRAM
~Longtime trauma expert Patricia Stadler to join DOH ~
TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today announced Patricia Stadler, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, CEN, as the Trauma Program Manager within the Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight, effective April 15. As Manager, Stadler will administer the Department's Trauma Program and manage the System of Trauma Care in Florida. Ms. Stadler's experience comes at an important time in the evolution of Florida's trauma system.
"Ms. Stadler's exceptional skills and expertise will help the Department, in collaboration with Florida's verified trauma centers and trauma health professionals, to revitalize Florida's trauma system," said State Surgeon General Dr. John H. Armstrong. "She has been a frontline trauma professional and leader in Florida for 25 years, and we are fortunate to have her join our team."
Ms. Stadler helped to establish the Level 2 Trauma Program at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH), where she has served as Program Manager. Most recently, she has been responsible for strategic planning, budget processes, clinical excellence and customer service for the Trauma Program. She established the Trauma Mortality and Morbidity Quality Assurance Committee for TMH, and served on the Patient Care Rounds team. She has improved patient care through education and community involvement, and has standardized the delivery of trauma care at TMH.
Ms. Stadler received a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Thomas University and a Master of Science in Health Sciences from Trident University. She is a member of the American Trauma Society, Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She has served as President of the Florida Association of Trauma Coordinators and Press Secretary of the Florida Emergency Nurses Association. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves, she has served in numerous positions during her 25 years of service to include Head Nurse for the Intensive Care Unit and EMT/Triage in a Combat Support Hospital. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Florida Trauma Registry and Other Data Reports, please visit the Forms and Reports Page
The Purpose of the Trauma Program
"The purpose of the Trauma Program is to develop and maintain a continuous, statewide system of care for all injured patients, to increase system preparedness, and to decrease morbidity and mortality due to traumatic injury. "
The Trauma Program is the entity within the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support that has primary responsibility for the administration and the implementation of all matters involving trauma care within the state. These tasks include: planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of trauma center standards, site surveys, application processes, trauma agencies development and operation, state trauma system plan, state trauma registry and the end of life program.
Each year, Florida's 24 trauma centers treat more than 40,000 injured patients. The Department of Health is dedicated towards facilitating, encouraging and ensuring that the residents and visitors of Florida receive quality trauma care.
What is a Trauma Center? A trauma center is a type of hospital that provides trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and other surgical and non-surgical specialists and medical personnel, equipment and facilities for immediate or follow-up treatment for severely injured patients, 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. If you've experienced a mild or moderate injury, the emergency departments of acute care hospitals licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration are ready with basic emergency services to treat you. However, if you have severe traumatic injuries, having fast access to a hospital that has been verified by the Department of Health as a Level I, Level II or Pediatric trauma center is critical to your survival. Each year, Florida's trauma system helps to ensure that emergency medical services providers provide pre-hospital care and transport of injured residents and visitors to the nearest trauma center. Timely and quality emergency medical services, trauma care and medical rehabilitation can help individuals continue to live to their full potential, despite having experienced a severe injury.
Please click on the "Trauma Center" webpage for more information about Florida's process for approval of trauma centers and to obtain contact information and location of Florida's verified trauma centers.
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