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The Field Triage/Trauma rule was signed by Governor Mitch Daniels on July 10, 2012, and became effective on August 8, 2012. The link to the new rule is: http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/20120808-IR-836100628FRA.xml.pdf.
IDHS and the CDC have developed a self-study course that will describe both the Indiana rule and the guidelines that will enable responders to determine trauma center criteria for patients. You can access this course by clicking here. We recommend that you review this information and pass on this resource to your employees, staff, and colleagues.
The following template has been created to assist your jurisdiction in integrating the Field Triage/Trauma rule into your protocols. Medical Directors should establish further guidelines and recommendations within this document that are consistent with the Trauma Rule. It is important to instruct field responders on how to determine transport times and to help establish what types of circumstances a patient’s life might be in danger by not going to a closer medical facility. These guidelines should be pertinent to your areas of operation and take into consideration the terrain and make-up of your geographic locations as well as any other conditions affecting transportation. Responders should also be reminded that if they are ever in doubt of where to transport a patient, they should utilize on-line medical control to help make that determination.
Hospitals that wish to apply for status as an “in the ACS verification process” trauma center must provide sufficient documentation for the Indiana EMS Commission to conclude that your hospital complies with the requirements in the following forms:
Please submit your completed application to:
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
EMS Certifications, E239, IGC-S
302 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739