Examples of Capacity Measures

Resources

Percentage of the state population with access to a trauma care system that includes:

legal authority to designate trauma centers

authority to establish triage procedures that allow prehospital personnel to bypass nearer facilities

trauma center identification and designation

field categorization and triage protocols

interhospital transfer agreements

linkage to the rehabilitation system

system evaluation activities

Number of counties with 911 or enhanced 911 systems

Number of counties with injury prevention programs

Proficiencies

Number of counties with 911 systems that have personnel who are able to communicate with users in their language and in a culturally competent way

Planning

Number of counties that maintain databases of prehospital care reports

Number of counties that support a statewide trauma registry

In the second phase of the panel's work, development of valid outcome measures for monitoring EMS system performance will be addressed. The panel recognizes that better systems of collecting prehospital care data with linkage to posthospital outcomes will be necessary. These measures will also need to be sensitive to the diversity of coverage areas from urban to rural, and from basic to advanced levels of care.



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