Trauma: Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 118 and Site Review Resources
Wisconsin Stat. § 256.25(2) promulgates the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) with the development of standards used to classify level III and IV hospital emergency capabilities. Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 118 went through an administrative rule rewrite and updated the standards based on the most recent standards developed by the American College of Surgeons. The new standards went into effect on Oct. 1, 2021.
For an overview of how the standards have changed, please review the Trauma Care Facilities Standards Comparison, P-02967.
For questions related to the standards or classification process, please review the information below, the Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 118 Frequently Asked Questions, or email the DHS Trauma Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Site review resources
- Level III Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ), F-47484
- Level IV Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ), F-47484a
- Trauma Care Facilities Standards Comparison, P-02967
- Level III Criteria Quick Guide, P-03143
- Level IV Criteria Quick Guide, P-03144
- Trauma Care Facilities (TCF) Classification Process
- TCF Classification Site Review Agenda
- TCF Classification Site Review Introduction PowerPoint Outline
- Required documents checklist
- Pediatric equipment checklist
- PRQ Site Review Report Training Video | This training video should be used to understand how to run the canned reports in ImageTrend Patient Registry that address applicable questions in the PRQ site review document.
- Trauma Center Site Review Reports Job Aid, P-03178
- Trauma Site Review Report Log, P-03165
- Statewide Performance Improvement Indicators, P-03364
- This is a living document that can be updated as needed.
- By typing rather than handwriting information, the document can be updated more easily.
- Several people should review the document for accuracy and spelling.
- It can be used as an orientation tool for new trauma coordinators or registrars.
- Plan for the trauma medical director and trauma coordinator to attend the chart review.
- Select your charts in advance, as indicated in the TCF Classification Site Review Agenda.
- If printing your documents:
- Print the required documents and place in order in a designated folder. It is helpful to have them divided into sections (prehospital, emergency department, transfer, inpatient, etc.).
- Place all performance improvement documentation, such as checklists or multidisciplinary meeting minutes, pertaining to that issue in the patient-specific folder.
- If sharing your documents electronically:
- Ensure you have at least two individuals who are familiar with your system and charts available to assist each of the site reviewers with navigation of the folder. The electronic health record (EHR) should only be utilized upon request of the site reviewers.
- Ideally, export the items from the EHR and save the documents into a patient-specific folder.
- Ensure you have all sections of care (prehospital, emergency department, transfer, inpatient) clearly labeled within the specific patient's folder.
- Ensure you have all performance improvement documentation, such as checklists or multidisciplinary meeting minutes, pertaining to that issue within the specific patient's folder.
For more information, visit the Wisconsin Trauma Care Registry webpage.
When completing your facility's PRQ in preparation for your site visit, the reporting period should cover 12 months of data, but the data should not be older than 15 months from when the PRQ is submitted to DHS. Please review the following table to determine the appropriate PRQ reporting periods based on your facility's scheduled site visit. Your facility can select either option 1 or 2 based on your facility's preference. The PRQ must be submitted 45 days prior to the scheduled site visit.
|Month of Scheduled Site Visit (2023)||Option 1 Reporting Period||Option 2 Reporting Period|
|January||August 1, 2021–July 31, 2022||September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022|
|February||September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022||October 1, 2021–September 30, 2022|
|March||October 1, 2021–September 30, 2022||November 1, 2021–October 31, 2022|
|April||November 1, 2021–October 31, 2022||December 1, 2021–November 30, 2022|
|May||December 1, 2021–November 30, 2022||January 1, 2022–December 31, 2022|
|June||January 1, 2022–December 31, 2022||February 1, 2022–January 31, 2023|
|July||February 1, 2022–January 31, 2023||March 1, 2022–February 28, 2023|
|August||March 1, 2022–February 28, 2023||April 1, 2022–March 31, 2023|
|September||April 1, 2022–March 31, 2023||May 1, 2022–April 30, 2023|
|October||May 1, 2022–April 30, 2023||June 1, 2022–May 31, 2023|
|November||June 1, 2022–May 31, 2023||July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023|
|December||July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023||August 1, 2022–July 31, 2023|
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- Criteria 2(o): Applicable to level III and IV facilities, type 2 deficiency
- Criteria 3(h): Applicable to level III and IV facilities, type 2 deficiency
- Criteria 14(i): Applicable to level III and IV facilities, type 2 deficiency
- Criteria 14(b): Applicable to level III and IV facilities, type 2 deficiency
- Criteria 11(nm): Applicable to level III and IV facilities, type 2 deficiency