American College of Surgeons Trauma System Consultation Visit
On November 4 - 7, 2007 the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma arrived in Minnesota to perform a comprehensive review of Minnesota's trauma system. The purpose of the review was to provide an analysis of the current system status and make recommendations for system improvements and enhancements. The multidisciplinary team of trauma system experts consisted of a trauma surgeon, a general surgeon, an emergency physician, a trauma nurse coordinator, a state EMS director, and consultants from the ACS.
This team of nationally-recognized experts conducted a series of hearings and interviews with state trauma care experts over a three-day period. Additionally, the team drew from information contained in a detailed questionnaire submitted earlier to develop a broad assessment of all the system components and their integration and function. The system components under review were: leadership, system development, legislation, finances, injury prevention and control, human resources, emergency medical services, ambulance and non-transporting medical unit guidelines, communications, emergency disaster preparedness plan, trauma care facilities, inter-facility transfers, medical rehabilitation, information systems, and research and evaluation.
The Consultation Report is the result of that analysis. The Minnesota Department of Health together with its State Trauma Advisory Council and the EMS Regulatory Board will collaborate with industry stakeholders to analyze the report, establish priorities and determine what modifications are necessary as the trauma system continues to develop.
Consultation Report (PDF: 81 pages/359 KB pages)
If you have questions regarding the ACS consultation visit, please contact the trauma system coordinator.