Wisconsin Stat.§ 256.25(1r) instructs the Department of Health Services (DHS) to develop and implement a statewide trauma care system and to develop Regional Trauma Advisory Councils (RTACs) as part of the system. An RTAC is a group of healthcare organizations, first responder agencies, and public safety and public health partners collaborating to develop, implement, monitor and improve their regional trauma system. Wisconsin has established seven RTACs that align with the seven healthcare emergency readiness coalitions (HERCs).
In order to serve their purpose, RTACs are charged with doing all of the following:
Establishing an executive council that reflects professional representation from out-of-hospital providers, trauma care facilities, education and injury prevention.
Analyzing local and regional trauma registry data.
Creating a local and regional performance improvement process.
Developing and implementing injury prevention and education strategies based on performance improvement findings.
Developing and submitting to DHS a regional trauma plan based on a needs assessment.
Developing regional triage and transport protocols.
Regional Trauma Advisory Councils
There are seven RTACs in Wisconsin. Below is information for each of the seven RTACs including the RTAC coordinators and their contact information, the chairs and vice chairs in each region, and links to the regional websites.