Wisconsin Regional Trauma Meetings

Regional Trauma Advisory Councils Membership and Contact Information 

Regional Trauma System Meeting Schedule

DHS 118.04 authorizes the department to organize and structure Regional Trauma Advisory Councils and to approve the designation of all trauma care geographic regions based on consideration that represents the best care of the trauma patients. Since 2006, Wisconsin has had 9 geographic regions in the Trauma Care System. The regional Trauma Advisory Councils are typically referred to as RTACs and are structured to be self-directed work groups. The focus of the RTAC is to work on regional needs and to improve the care of trauma patients and their families. 

RTAC Objectives for the 2010 - 2011 (PDF, 40 KB)

They are organized in a manner that facilitates the care of the trauma patient with an identified Resource Hospital for the region. They receive financial support from state funding sources each year to accomplish their objectives. Wisconsin's regional trauma councils include the following: 

  • South Central 
  • South East
  • Fox Valley 
  • North East
  • North Central
  • Lake Superior
  • North Northwest 
  • West Central
  • South West

DHS118.06(1) also defines the purpose for the Regional Trauma Advisory Council (RTAC) as "to develop, implement, monitor and improve the regional trauma system". A RTAC must have an executive council that reflects professional representation from out-of-hospital trauma care providers, trauma care facilities, education and injury prevention. The work of the RTAC is outlined in DHS 118.06 and includes: 

  • Development of a regional triage and transport protocol
  • Resolve conflicts concerning trauma care
  • Develop and implement injury prevention strategies based on performance improvement findings.
  • Analyze local and regional trauma registry data

Meeting Schedules

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Last Revised: November 26, 2014