Temporary Modifications to Level 3 & 4 Trauma Hospital Designation Criteria Extended
At their March meeting the State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) extended the temporary modifications to the Level 3 and 4 Trauma Hospital Designation Criteria adopted last year. The temporary modifications that were set to expire on April 1, 2021 will now continue through the end of the year.
The modifications are intended to alleviate some of the demands on hospitals' workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. They include:
- Extended maximum timeframes to perform primary and secondary performance improvement reviews.
- Suspended required participation in regional trauma advisory committee (RTAC) meetings and injury prevention activities.
- Temporarily suspended trauma training requirements.
Although trauma training requirements are briefly suspended, physicians, surgeons, and advance practice providers should not wait to schedule their trauma training. Demand for these courses is expected to be higher and class sizes smaller than usual. Also, do not rely on extensions to certification dates offered by training institutions or alternatives to the standard Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) education. These accommodations do not satisfy the training requirement of the statewide trauma system. On January 1, 2022, those who are required to complete an ATLS or CALS course must have done so within the preceding four years.