State Flex Program EMS/Trauma Activities and Integration of Critical Access Hospitals into Trauma Systems

Author: Flex Monitoring Team

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center identified state EMS and trauma-related activities of the 45 State Flex Programs, and examined the degree to which Critical Access Hospitals are involved in trauma system development, trauma team training, and trauma center designation. Successful integration of CAHs into state trauma care systems involves educating state agencies, trauma centers, and other EMS/trauma stakeholders on the potential role of CAHs and other small rural hospitals in these systems.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,100,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.