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 designates hospitals and trauma hospitals. Hospitals are designated based on the resources it has available and by successfully meeting regulatory requirements. The types of Nebraska trauma designated hospitals are Comprehensive, Advanced, General and Basic.
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.
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:
The following statutes and regulations authorize and govern the Nebraska Statewide Trauma System of Care: