The Wisconsin Trauma Registry contains injury information from patients presenting to local hospitals (both trauma-designated and non-designated hospitals).
This data collection effort is a way to improve patient care, to provide trauma training, and to define a standard on which to measure care.
Wisconsin Admin. Code § DHS 118.09 provides the authority for the Department of Health Services to collect and analyze trauma system data to evaluate the delivery of adult and pediatric trauma care, develop injury prevention strategies for all ages, and provide resources for research and education.
Wisconsin Admin. Code § DHS 118.09(3) directs all hospitals, ambulance service providers and first responder services to submit data to the department on a quarterly basis determined by the department.
Trauma Registry Portals
ImageTrend Trauma Registry -admissions 2016 to present.
Trauma Registry Data Manager
Division of Public Health
Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53703-2659
You may also send a message to our shared mailbox: DHSTrauma@dhs.wisconsin.gov
Below are frequently asked questions regarding the Wisconsin Trauma Registry.
Account Information FAQ
How do I get access to the Wisconsin Trauma Registry?
To request a username and password for the Wisconsin Trauma Registry, contact a user with Hospital Administrator access to your facility.
Why is my account suspended?
User accounts will be suspended after ten unsuccessful password attempts or 100 days without login to the Wisconsin Trauma Registry.
How do I reset my Wisconsin Trauma Registry password?
Passwords can be reset using the link provided on the login screen. The system will require entry of an email address to send a temporary password. The email account entered for this temporary password must match the email in your trauma registry account.
Who has to report?
All hospitals that provide any level of care to trauma patients must submit data to the State Trauma Registry.
How does data get in the registry?
Hospitals have the option to purchase their own registry software and "upload" batch reports to the state registry or they can enter data directly into Wisconsin's trauma registry at no cost to the organization.
Are in-house injuries included in the state registry?
In-house traumatic injuries sustained after initial emergency department or hospital arrival and before hospital discharge at the index hospital (the hospital reporting data), and all data associated with that injury event, are excluded. For example, an inpatient fall from bed while admitted for a medical reason would not be included in the state registry.
How is the data used?
The purpose of Wisconsin's Trauma Care System is to reduce death and disability resulting from traumatic injury. The data in the trauma registry is used for performance improvement activities at the state, regional and local level.
Is the data private and secure?
All data sent to the State Trauma Registry is confidential and protected. Aggregate reports are designed to ensure that no single individual, hospital, or EMS provider can be identified.
In July of 2010, Wisconsin's Trauma Registry underwent several important changes:
- A new URL (web address) - the vendor is now "hosting" the registry
- A new look with several important upgrades
- A "practice environment" to develop skills and become familiar with the newer version of the product
What is WARDS Elite?
The Wisconsin Ambulance Run Data System (WARDS) Elite is a secure, web-based reporting system used by ambulance service providers to enter and submit their ambulance run information electronically via the Internet.
How do I get access to WARDS Elite?
Wisconsin Trauma Care Facilities will not be given direct access to the WARDS Elite database. Facilities can access EMS reports via the Hospital Hub or through the integration between the Wisconsin Trauma Registry and WARDS Elite. For more information regarding access to the Hospital Hub, contact your local Hospital Hub administrator.
What is the Hospital Hub?
The Hospital Hub is a database for hospital personnel to have access to the pre-hospital patient care reports for those patients transported to their facility a new Hospital Hub database has been made available. This database will allow access to both previous WARDS v.2 reports as well as the new WARDS Elite v.3 reports.
Training and Updates FAQ
Where can I find information on the Wisconsin Trauma Registry’s latest updates?
Release notes are available for review within ImageTrend University. Release notes include information pertaining to software updates and fixes to the Patient Registry product. Not all updates included in the release notes will apply to the Wisconsin Trauma Registry.
When is the next training for the Wisconsin Trauma Registry?
Wisconsin Trauma Registry Schedule
The deadlines for data submission into the Wisconsin Trauma Registry are listed below. It is recommended that data records be entered into the registry as close to the discharge date as possible. Best practice is to complete and submit 80% of trauma records within 60 days of patient discharge.
|Quarter||Patient's date of discharge||Data submission due date|
|Quarter 1||January 1–March 31||May 31|
|Quarter 2||April 1–June 30||August 31|
|Quarter 3||July 1–September 30||November 30|
|Quarter 4||October 1–December 31||February 28|
Contact the State Trauma Registry Staff for further information.