Regional Advisory Committee

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For more information or to take advantage of our educational opportunities, please contact us at (866) SERACNC (737-2262) or trauma.services@nhrmc.org.

Southeastern Regional Advisory Committee

New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) leads one of eight Regional Advisory Committees on Trauma in North Carolina. Through the State Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) system, NHRMC provides best practice, evidence-based trauma medicine throughout the region.

We coordinate with regional partners, hospitals and Emergency Medical Services agencies to improve patient care and outcomes. The goal is zero preventable deaths due to trauma.

Performance Improvement (PI)

As the SERAC lead hospital, NHRMC provides 100% chart auditing as it pertains to trauma. These audits are conducted from an educational standpoint. The information is used to provide educational opportunities, guidance, and development. Information resulting from these audits is provided to the individual agencies for trending and educational purposes. By providing this information, the region can coordinate its trauma care and work as a team to provide the highest quality patient care possible. NHRMC serves as a mentor and resource to the region and is always available for feedback, education, and assistance. This PI driven education approach leads to special projects worked on collaboratively and reported back to the State Office of Emergency Services..

Educational Opportunities

We offer trauma education to help better prepare teams to respond to emergencies.

Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)

The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) is designed to teach a team approach to early trauma management in rural facilities. The focus is early identification of patients requiring transfer to the trauma center. It enforces early emergent management and stabilization of the trauma patient. This course was developed by the Rural Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT). It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). NHRMC offers this educational opportunity to its regional RAC partners. NHRMC is a recognized ACS learning center.

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

In cooperation with the ACS, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) developed PHTLS. This program is recognized around the world as one of the leading continuing education programs for pre-hospital emergency trauma care. The program promotes critical thinking skills. It is based on the philosophy that “multi-system trauma patients are unique with specific needs” (NAEMT, 2018). NHRMC is proud to offer this program to our regional partners.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

This program is designed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT). ATLS is geared toward physician education. It focuses on the early management of the trauma patient and determining if the patient exceeds the facility’s capacity for care. Even though this course is geared toward physicians it can be audited by RNs and Paramedics. NHRMC is very excited to bring this new educational opportunity to the region. We are the only ATLS learning center recognized by the ACS in Southeastern North Carolina.