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Trauma Advisory Council

Function: The Trauma Advisory Council advises, consults with, and make recommendations to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health on the development, maintenance, and improvement of a statewide trauma system.
Active dates:2005-2025
History: The statewide trauma system was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2005 (Minn. Stat. 144.602, 144.608). Minn. Stat. 144.608 establishes the state Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Commissioner of Health on the development, maintenance, and improvement of a statewide trauma system.

The Trauma Advisory Council was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the council.

The council was set to expire on June 30, 2015, but legislation passed in 2015 extended the group's sunset date to 2025.
Subordinate to:
Department of Health
Membership: The STAC shall consist of 15 members; 13 are Commissioner appointed members, and two positions are non-Commissioner appointed members.

The council shall consist of the following members:
(1) a trauma surgeon certified by the American College of Surgeons who practices in a level I or II trauma hospital;
(2) a general surgeon certified by the American College of Surgeons whose practice includes trauma and who practices in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1 , paragraph (b);
(3) a neurosurgeon certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery who practices in a level I or II trauma hospital;
(4) a trauma program nurse manager or coordinator practicing in a level I or II trauma hospital;
(5) an emergency physician certified by the American College of Emergency Physicians whose practice includes emergency room care in a level I, II, III, or IV trauma hospital;
(6) an emergency room nurse manager who practices in a level III or IV trauma hospital;
(7) a family practice physician whose practice includes emergency room care in a level III or IV trauma hospital located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1 , paragraph (b);
(8) a nurse practitioner, as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (h), or a physician assistant, as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (j), whose practice includes emergency room care in a level IV trauma hospital located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (b);
(9) a pediatrician certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics whose practice includes emergency room care in a level I, II, III, or IV trauma hospital;
(10) an orthopedic surgeon certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery whose practice includes trauma and who practices in a level I, II, or III trauma hospital;
(11) the state emergency medical services medical director appointed by the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board;
(12) a hospital administrator of a level III or IV trauma hospital located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (b);
(13) a rehabilitation specialist whose practice includes rehabilitation of patients with major trauma injuries or traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries as defined under section 144.661;
(14) an attendant or ambulance director who is an EMT, EMT-I, or EMT-P within the meaning of section 144E.001 and who actively practices with a licensed ambulance service in a primary service area located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1 , paragraph (b); and
(15) the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner's designee. (c) Council members whose appointment is dependent on practice in a level III or IV trauma hospital may be appointed to an initial term based upon their statements that the hospital intends to become a level III or IV facility by July 1, 2009.
Agency heads: Commissioner of Health
Notes: Regional trauma advisory councils. (a) Up to eight regional trauma advisory councils may be formed as needed.
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Record last updated: 04/28/2016
 

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