STAC Continues to Evaluate Level 3 Surgeon Criteria, Subcommittee Appointed
At their December 3 meeting, the State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) formed a new committee that is charged with distilling all of the information contained in the Level 3 Surgeon Work Group Final Report, testimony from stakeholders both before and after the September STAC meeting, observations of trauma system staff from level 3 site visits over the years and the anticipated changes to the level 3 criteria contained in the American College of Surgeons' publication Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient and determining if a the STAC should recommend a change to the level 3 criteria and if so, what that is.
In order to move the discussion along so that a comprehensive proposal might be developed for consideration at the March STAC meeting, Dr. Allen Brown, chairman of the STAC, appointed a subcommittee of the Council and charged them to meet before then to analyze the Level 3 Surgeon Work Group report, the ACS publication and the material from the November meeting and recommend a comprehensive proposal that considers the entire body of level 3 criteria. The subcommittee met initially on January 29 and has scheduled their second meeting for Tuesday, February 18 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Hiway Federal Credit Union, 840 Westminster Street in St. Paul. (Non-MDH link)
As a part of this larger undertaking, the committee is reviewing trauma team activation indicators. A seperate work group of the subcommittee will be appointed to develop indicators to identify patients who are likely in shock (or who are likely to develop shock) earlier than when shock is apparent. The work group will meet via teleconference at a time to be determined.
If you have questions or comments regarding the discussion and decision making process surrounding the level 3 surgeon resource requirements, contact the trauma system coordinator.