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Pennsylvania Code



Subchapter E. TRAUMA CENTERS


Sec.


1021.81.    Purpose.
1021.82.    Requirements.
1021.83.    Complaints.

§ 1021.81. Purpose.

 The purpose of this subchapter is to integrate trauma centers into the Statewide EMS system by providing access to trauma centers and for the effective and appropriate utilization of resources.

§ 1021.82. Requirements.

 To ensure that trauma centers are integrated into the Statewide EMS system, trauma centers shall:

   (1)  Maintain a dedicated telephone number to allow for access by referring hospitals to make arrangements for the most appropriate and expeditious mode of transportation to the trauma center, as well as allow for direct consultation between the two facilities prior to transfer and during the course of treatment of the patient.

   (2)  Develop and implement outreach education programs to be offered to referring hospitals and emergency services dealing with management of major and multiple systems trauma patients and the capabilities of the trauma center.

   (3)  Develop and institute a system to ensure the provision of patient outcome and treatment information to the transferring facility and the EMS agency involved in transporting the patient to the transferring facility, if the patient was transferred to the trauma center, or to the EMS agency involved in transporting the patient to the trauma center if the patient was not transferred to the trauma center by another facility, on each patient transported to the trauma center by ambulance.

   (4)  Maintain a medical command facility to allow for communication between a transporting ground ambulance or air ambulance and the trauma center to ensure that patient information and condition updates are available to the trauma center and that medical consultation is available to the transporting ambulance crew. The capabilities shall be in accordance with regional and Statewide EMS telecommunications plans.

§ 1021.83. Complaints.

 The Department will investigate complaints related to the delivery of services by trauma centers and forward the results of the investigation to the Trauma Foundation with a recommendation for action.



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