Supporting & Enabling
Pre-Hospital Care
The MCTSF is Charged with:

Focusing on the Patient – Focusing on Prevention

Our Work

Supporting the Mississippi Trauma Care System through educational opportunities, trauma center readiness, improving patient outcomes, injury prevention & public awareness.

Vision

Becoming a nationally recognized leader in trauma care and injury prevention.

Most agree this has been a most unusual year. Adding to that feeling is the transition from a regional trauma management model to a state-wide management model. This was by no means a new idea. Pursuant to Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, Section 41-59-5 (5) the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) was established as the lead agency to “develop a uniform, non-fragmented, inclusive statewide Trauma Care System, that provides excellent patient care.” Some say the timing could not have been worse, but I say the timing could not have been better. First, through dedication and hard work, the founders of Mississippi Trauma Care have done a great job developing a transportation system with highly skilled pre-hospital care. Secondly, hospitals are designated based on care. All have worked to increase their quality of care. What is next? We can Identify risk & opportunities, taking actions based on data reports to improve outcomes and establishing best-practice models. We can become more effective and efficient. We can reduce cost. We can focus on decreasing death rates, decreasing critical care days and increase inspiring survivor stories. We can become a nationally recognized leader in trauma care and injury prevention by becoming a process improvement team with a single focus – making the patient the priority.

Educational Goals

Educational goals of the MTCSF include Quality, Availability and Value. John Gardner, Executive Director of the MTCSF, personally reviews the precourse evaluations and the post-course evaluations. The pre-course goals are consistently met by the course directors and the post-course ratings are overwhelmingly high. A special thanks is due to the course directors and instructors for their commitment to quality. While some trauma centers are stressed to find course offerings, the MTCSF continues to expand the scope of educational offerings and availability. The MTCSF has now reimbursed for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider, Instructor and course refresher classes, Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN), Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC), TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course) provider and instructor classes, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Stop the Bleed courses for Law Enforcement and First Responders. The MTCSF is continuing to address value. The designated trauma centers, course directors, and emergency services have been supportive of efforts to have full classes while controlling cost. The MTCSF staff has become certified ACS Stop the Bleed Instructors, allowing all funds to be directed to supplies and avoiding external instructor fees. This, in turn, will permit more students to receive training. How can the reader help improve educational value? First, by a review of the trauma system rules and regulations for one little word. The word is “or.” “Emergency nurses staffing the trauma resuscitation area must be a current provider of Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC), or Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN).” “Emergency nurses staffing the trauma resuscitation area must be a current provider in TNCC, ATCN, or RTTDC.” The standard does not require multiple certifications. The rules and regulations were wisely written to allow an educational progression. Maybe you have taken TNCC once or twice and are ready to advance to ATCN. That would be great and a decision you should discuss with your leadership to select the best course for you. Stacking multiple certifications is nice, but trauma programming must first meet required educational funding. Contact MTCSF if you have questions. Secondly, the standards are clear that these courses are for “Emergency nurses staffing the trauma resuscitation area.” Some have expressed a view that TNCC is for critical care nurses; however, our state trauma system requirements are clearly for emergency nurses. Thirdly, educational reimbursement is for staff working within the Mississippi trauma centers and EMS services. There is a provision for nurses residing in Mississippi but working outside of the Mississippi trauma system to self-pay and attend Mississippi educational opportunities. The Request for Approval and Payment Form has been revised to reflect an attestation from the course directors that students do align with these standards. 

How We help Mississippians

Educational Opportunities

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Improve Patient Outcomes

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Truma Center Designations

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Injury PRevention

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MTCSF Symposiums

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Emergency Preparedness

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Survivor Stories

Case Studies

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