What is Florida’s Trauma System?
Florida’s trauma system is made up of a continuum-of-care that spans planning, preparedness and quality assurance and ensures that residents and visitors of Florida receive quality emergency services, trauma acute care and rehabilitation. Key system components of Florida’s trauma system continuum of care include trauma centers, trauma agencies, emergency medical services providers, non-trauma center acute care hospitals, state-designated brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers, and other state, regional and local constituent groups and partners.
Florida’s nationally recognized trauma system and its continuum-of-care providers and partners work together with the Department of Health to save the lives of those injured –from the “golden hour” to rehabilitation – and serves all Florida resident and visitors by being prepared for disasters, providing prevention education and research, and being accountable for all trauma matters in the state.
The Florida Department of Health’s Trauma Program within the Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight is responsible for the oversight of the administration and implementation of the Florida’s trauma system, including the verification of trauma centers. The purpose of the Trauma Program is to develop and maintain a continuous, statewide system of care for all injured patients, to increase system preparedness, and to decrease morbidity and mortality due to traumatic injury.
The leadership of the Trauma Program and the other programs within the Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight ensure accountability by providing regulation of EMS providers, trauma centers, trauma agencies and designated brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers; injury prevention and education programs; registry data collection, analysis and reporting; and trauma system research and quality improvement programs to improve operations and outcomes of Florida’s trauma systems and trauma survivors.
Florida’s trauma system is prepared to help save lives at the time of individual accidents and during disasters and mass casualty events. Timely emergency medical and trauma services are provided by Florida’s licensed emergency medical services ground and air EMS providers, verified trauma centers, burn centers, non-trauma center acute care hospitals, and designated brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers. The trauma system disaster experts work closely with the Department of Health’s Bureau of Preparedness and Response and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight on statewide planning, professional training, and maintenance of emergency supplies and equipment as part of a continuum that helps save lives during disasters and mass casualty events. Florida’s trauma system works together to save the lives of those injured – from the “golden hour” to rehabilitation – and serves all Florida residents and visitors by being prepared for disasters, providing injury prevention education and trauma research, and being accountable for all trauma matters in the state.
The Trauma Program’s mailing list “Traumacomm” was created to enhance our communication with Florida’s citizens and our state and federal stakeholders and partners. Subscribers to the mailing list will receive automatic e-mails that consist of current events, news, notices, and updates for the Trauma Program and the Florida Trauma System.
To subscribe to the Trauma Program Weekly Newsletter: Traumacomm, visit: http://ww7.doh.state.fl.us/mailman/listinfo/office_of_trauma
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
For more information:
Email: Trauma Program
Florida Department of Health
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-22
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1738
Phone: (850) 245-4440
Fax: (850) 488-2512
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