Wisconsin Trauma Care System
Implementation of Triage Protocols
Patient triage is an important topic for all components of the trauma
care system. DHS 118 provides the authority for the Department to “guide
RTAC plan development” including triage and transport protocols.
The 2012 Trauma Field Triage Protocol is based on the “Guidelines for
Field Triage of Injured Patients; Recommendations of the National Expert
Panel on Field Triage, 2011” (Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, MMWR, January 13, 2012). It has been approved and endorsed by DHS, the Statewide
Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) and the EMS Advisory Board during the
statewide meetings in October of 2012.
Although Wisconsin's Field Triage Protocol is based on the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention's Decision Scheme, a few changes can
be noted. State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) and the EMS Advisory
two key modifications to the CDC's document:
- The initial verification and
stabilization of the patient's airway capabilities with advanced airway
management interventions if needed; and,
- The inclusion of the Pediatric
Assessment Triangle for pediatric patients.
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April 24, 2013