Second Emergency Department Provider Required to be Trained
At their December 2012 meeting the State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) adopted another change to the trauma systemís training requirements. The STAC has adopted criteria that would require all physicians and physician-extenders working as the second provider in the emergency department to meet the systemís training requirements by January 1, 2015. The trauma system criteria have always required this training for all providers working in the emergency department but, based on inquiries and out-of-compliance reports, there is misunderstanding surrounding the training requirements. This change provides hospitals time to comply with the criteria without having to file an out-of-compliance report. This criteria change applies only to the second provider who is working in the department with another provider who meets the training requirement. Emergency departments must be staffed by a trauma-trained provider at all times. View the criteria change (PDF: 1 page/40 KB).
Since ATLS and CALS courses can fill quickly, providers should plan to schedule their training well in advance of their expiration date. Trauma hospitals should also have a plan to monitor the expiration dates of their providers. These practices can prevent the hospital from falling out of compliance with the published criteria.
If you have questions regarding the training requirements of the trauma system, please contact the designation coordinator.