West Virginia Code of State Rules
Title 64 - Health
64-27 - Statewide Trauma/Emergency Care System
§64-27-2 - Application and Enforcement.

§64-27-2. Application and Enforcement.

2.1. Application -- This rule applies to all health care institutions, facilities, hospitals, clinics, agencies, corporations, partnerships, and governmental agencies engaged in the provision of emergency care to injured or ill patients in the state.

2.2. Enforcement -- This rule is enforced by the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health. §64-27-3. Definitions.

3.1. American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma Guidelines - The guidelines published by the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma, outlining the listing of resources for optimal care of the injured patient entitled "Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient: 2013".

3.2. Bureau -- The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health within the Department of Health and Human Resources.

3.3. Categorization Process -- The process in which the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) determines the level of care capability of emergency facilities in various categories of emergency care to assist medical command in determining the most appropriate facility to which an emergency patient should be transported.

3.4. Commissioner -- The Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health or his or her designee.

3.5. Designated Facility -- A facility that has been officially designated as a West Virginia trauma center by the Bureau through the Office of Emergency Medical Services.

3.6. Designation -- An official notification by the Commissioner to a particular health care facility indicating the level of trauma care capability determined through the verification process.

3.7. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) -- Emergency medical services as defined in W. Va. Code §16-4C-3(d).

3.8. Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) -- The Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council created pursuant to W. Va. Code §16-4C-5.

3.9. Medical Policy and Care Committee (MPCC) -- The committees established by OEMS at the regional and state levels as outlined in the "Emergency Medical Services" rule, 64CSR48, that serve as the primary advisory committees to the regional and state EMS medical director on all medical issues involving the EMS System.

3.10. Medical Review Committees (MRC) -- The committees established by OEMS at the local, regional and state levels to provide medical peer review and quality assurance for the state trauma / emergency care system.

3.11. Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) -- The Office of Emergency Medical Services within the Bureau.

3.12. OEMS Medical Direction System -- The system established within OEMS that has the primary responsibility for the establishment of the policies and procedures governing all aspects of the operation of the on-line and off-line medical direction for all EMS activities in West Virginia. This system includes, but is not limited to, state, regional, and agency medical directors, committees, and medical command centers.

3.13. Revocation of Designation - The removal of designation from a health care facility requiring the complete re-application process before designation can be reinstated.

3.14. State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) -- The primary advisory council to the state EMS medical director and OEMS on all trauma- related matters.

3.15. Suspension of Designation -- The temporary removal of designation from a health care facility pending further review and evaluation by the Commissioner.

3.16. Trauma and Emergency Medical Information System (TEMIS) -- The information system developed and maintained by OEMS to collect and maintain the necessary trauma and emergency care information to assure system quality and accountability, as well as to provide data for use in system design and operations. This system includes, but is not limited to, the State Trauma Registry (STR), the State Medical Command Record (SMCR), and the EMS Patient Care Record (EPCR).

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