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Trauma Care System

The purpose of Wisconsin's statewide trauma care system is to reduce death and disability resulting from traumatic injury by providing optimal care of trauma patients and their families, and collecting and analyzing trauma-related data (Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 118.01).

Wisconsin has 117 of 130 potential hospitals participating in its trauma system, with 12% of them being American College of Surgeons verified Level I or II and the remaining 88% being a Level III or IV trauma care facility designated by the state as a part of their voluntary participation in the state trauma system.

Information on the Hospital Classification System and both Statewide and Regional Trauma Care meetings can be found using the navigation to the left.

See what pre-hospital bleeding control efforts are taking place in Wisconsin in the Hemorrhage Control Fact Sheet, P-02345 (Feb 2019) (PDF) which uses data from the Wisconsin Ambulance Run Data System (WARDS ELITE).

DHS Trauma Care System has launched an interactive map that allows users to search for and identify trauma centers in your county or region.


For current Statewide Trauma Advisory Council (STAC) meeting information, view the STAC website.


Trauma Care Registry Database

Trauma Care Registry Site

Visit our Trauma Care Registry webpage for more information.

Contacts and resources

Wisconsin's trauma care system is supported through program planning efforts that include:



Wisconsin's trauma system is closely aligned with the efforts and activities in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program and Health Preparedness.

The implementation and development of Wisconsin's trauma care system is a result of several important pieces of legislation including:

Last revised January 6, 2023