West Virginia Code of State Rules
Title 64 - Health
64-27 - Statewide Trauma/Emergency Care System
§64-27-6 - Criteria for Designation.

§64-27-6. Criteria for Designation.

6.1. The standards and criteria for designation as a West Virginia trauma center are those standards outlined in "Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient: 2013", by the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) with any specific modifications or additions set forth in Subsection 6.2 of this rule.

6.2. Facilities at all levels shall meet and maintain the following additional specific requirements in order to be designated and maintained as a West Virginia trauma center. The facilities shall:

6.2.a. Participate and submit information to the State Trauma / Emergency Medical Information System (TEMIS);

6.2.b. Meet all benchmarks of timely submission of data and information into the State Trauma Registry (STR) as established by OEMS;

6.2.c. Actively participate in the state trauma / emergency care performance improvement and medical review process as outlined in Section 10 of this rule;

6.2.d. Provide and maintain appropriate hardware and software at the local site in order to participate in the state trauma and emergency medical information system. This includes internet access to OEMS central site;

6.2.e. Actively participate and abide by medical command guidelines including adherence to all policies and procedures established which govern the statewide facility resource tracking mechanisms as established by the OEMS Medical Direction System;

6.2.f. Provide facility representatives to all required committees of the statewide trauma /emergency care system as outlined by OEMS and assure that appropriate attendance is maintained;

6.2.g. Maintain compliance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations concerning confidentiality of patient information and participation in the medical review process;

6.2.h. Maintain written trauma team policies and procedures, including activation guidelines and operational guidelines for all members of the trauma team including physicians, nurses, EMS personnel, and other ancillary staff. At no time may a trauma team member exceed the scope of practice established by his or her respective certifying or licensing authority; and

6.2.i. Participate and abide by all policies and procedures of the statewide trauma / emergency care system including the facility categorization guidelines in Section 8 of this rule.

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