(a) The state trauma system consists of regional plans, policies, guidelines and performance improvement initiatives by the RACs to create an Inclusive Trauma System monitored by the OEMS.

(b) Each hospital and EMS System shall affiliate as defined in Rule .0102(4) of this Subchapter and participate with the RAC that includes the Level I or II Trauma Center in which the majority of trauma patient referrals and transports occur. Each hospital and EMS System shall submit to the OEMS patient transfer patterns from data sources that support the choice of their primary RAC affiliation. Each RAC shall include at least one Level I or II Trauma Center.

(c) The OEMS shall notify each RAC of its hospital and EMS System membership.

(d) Each hospital and each EMS System must update and submit its RAC affiliation information to the OEMS no later than July 1 of each year. RAC affiliation may only be changed during this annual update and only if supported by a change in transfer patterns. Documentation detailing these new transfer patterns must be included in the request to change affiliation.


History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-162;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2002;

Eff. April 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2009;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. February 2, 2016.