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144.608 Trauma Advisory Council.

Subdivision 1. Trauma Advisory Council established. (a) A Trauma Advisory Council is established to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the commissioner on the development, maintenance, and improvement of a statewide trauma system.

(b) The council shall consist of the following members:

(1) a trauma surgeon certified by the American College of Surgeons who practices in a level I or II trauma hospital;

(2) a general surgeon certified by the American College of Surgeons whose practice includes trauma and who practices in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (b);

(3) a neurosurgeon certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery who practices in a level I or II trauma hospital;

(4) a trauma program nurse manager or coordinator practicing in a level I or II trauma hospital;

(5) an emergency physician certified by the American College of Emergency Physicians whose practice includes emergency room care in a level I, II, III, or IV trauma hospital;

(6) an emergency room nurse manager who practices in a level III or IV trauma hospital;

(7) a family practice physician whose practice includes emergency room care in a level III or IV trauma hospital located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (b);

(8) a nurse practitioner, as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (h), or a physician assistant, as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (j), whose practice includes emergency room care in a level IV trauma hospital located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (b);

(9) a pediatrician certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics whose practice includes emergency room care in a level I, II, III, or IV trauma hospital;

(10) an orthopedic surgeon certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery whose practice includes trauma and who practices in a level I, II, or III trauma hospital;

(11) the state emergency medical services medical director appointed by the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board;

(12) a hospital administrator of a level III or IV trauma hospital located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (b);

(13) a rehabilitation specialist whose practice includes rehabilitation of patients with major trauma injuries or traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries as defined under section 144.661;

(14) an attendant or ambulance director who is an EMT, EMT-I, or EMT-P within the meaning of section 144E.001 and who actively practices with a licensed ambulance service in a primary service area located in a designated rural area as defined under section 144.1501, subdivision 1, paragraph (b); and

(15) the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner's designee.

(c) Council members whose appointment is dependent on practice in a level III or IV trauma hospital may be appointed to an initial term based upon their statements that the hospital intends to become a level III or IV facility by July 1, 2009.

Subd. 2. Council administration. (a) The council must meet at least twice a year but may meet more frequently at the call of the chair, a majority of the council members, or the commissioner.

(b) The terms, compensation, and removal of members of the council are governed by section 15.059, except that the council expires June 30, 2015.

(c) The council may appoint subcommittees and workgroups. Subcommittees shall consist of council members. Workgroups may include noncouncil members. Noncouncil members shall be compensated for workgroup activities under section 15.059, subdivision 3, but shall receive expenses only.

Subd. 3. Regional trauma advisory councils. (a) Up to eight regional trauma advisory councils may be formed as needed.

(b) Regional trauma advisory councils shall advise, consult with, and make recommendation to the state Trauma Advisory Council on suggested regional modifications to the statewide trauma criteria that will improve patient care and accommodate specific regional needs.

(c) Each regional advisory council must have no more than 15 members. The commissioner, in consultation with the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board, shall name the council members.

(d) Regional council members may receive expenses in the same manner and amount as authorized by the plan adopted under section 43A.18, subdivision 2.

HIST: 1Sp2005 c 4 art 6 s 31