Nassau Regional Trauma Advisory Committee
Trauma is severe blunt or penetrating injury primarily caused by automobile crashes, gunshots, knife wounds, falls, battery, or burns. As part of a comprehensive trauma system, North Shore University Hospital works collaboratively with pre-hospital personnel and trauma centers in Nassau, Queens and Suffolk counties to provide timely and definitive trauma care.
Excellent trauma care relies on an excellent trauma system. It requires a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the care of the victim. Unlike other medical problems, a trauma victims care cannot be reviewed and a decision reached as to where the victim wants to go or who should care for him. The survival of trauma victims is reliant upon the strength of the trauma system in that victim's geographical area.
The trauma system must provide:
- Immediate response and medical care at the scene of the injury.
- Rapid transport from the scene of the injury to a qualified trauma medical facility.
- Qualified trauma medical facilities capable of delivering immediate medical care and ongoing treatment for the injured person or persons.
The Nassau Regional Trauma Advisory Committee includes:
- North Shore University Hospital
- Nassau County Medical Center
- Winthrop University Hospital
- Mercy Medical Center
- South Nassau Communities Hospital
- Nassau County Department of Health
- Nassau County Police Department-Ambulance Bureau
- Regional QI coordinator for Nassau REMAC
- REMSCO representative
The Nassau Regional Trauma Advisory Committee partners with the State Trauma Advisory Committee, the State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee and the State Emergency Medical Advisory Council in an effort to meet the legislative mission of ensuring a statewide emergency medical and trauma system. Committee activities include quality improvement initiatives, educational programs related to trauma, injury prevention activities, disaster preparedness and research projects.