The purpose of the Nebraska Statewide Trauma System is to provide a well-coordinated system that provides for appropriate and adequate trauma care. The goals of the trauma system are to provide optimal care for trauma patients, conduct trauma prevention activities, prevent unnecessary death and disability from trauma and reduce cost.
The statewide trauma program ensures Nebraska hospitals meet the standards to be designated as a trauma center. Trauma designation is based on the resources a hospital has available and by successfully meeting regulatory requirements. Nebraska hospitals may be designated as a Comprehensive, Advanced, General or Basic trauma center.
Trauma designated hospitals are required to enter data into the Nebraska Trauma Registry. The trauma registry provides data to perform quality improvement and helps ensure patients are receive optimal patient care. The Nebraska Trauma Registry is found here: https://www.nebems.com/trauma.
Below are resource documents for the trauma registry and performance improvement indicators and flowcharts. Please check back often the resource library continues to grow.
Statewide Trauma Boards:
The Statewide Trauma Advisory board consists of 18 members that are appointed by the Director of Public Health. This board advises the department on the trauma needs and on trauma regulations and statutes.
Regional Trauma Boards:
The Statewide Trauma system is broken down into four regions. Each region has its own Regional Trauma Advisory Board. The Director of Public Health appoints the board members. The role of the Regional Trauma Board is to advise the department on trauma care needs, regulations and statutes and develop regional trauma plans.
Trauma Board Vacancies and Application:
Information for the Statewide and Regional Trauma Board meetings can be found below:
The following statutes and regulations authorize and govern the Nebraska Statewide Trauma System of Care: