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Emergency and Trauma

Regional Advisory Committee

SERAC LogoSoutheastern Regional Advisory Committee www.ncserac.org
New Hanover Regional Medical Center leads one of eight Regional Advisory Committees on Trauma in North Carolina. Lead RAC agencies provide trauma education and serve as the coordinating entity for trauma and disaster planning in their region. All hospitals and EMS systems in North Carolina must be members of a RAC.

As lead agency of the Southeastern Regional Advisory Committee (SERAC), the Trauma Center oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of the regional trauma system. The SERAC also promotes collaboration between the region's hospitals, EMS systems, Emergency Management, Public Health, Law Enforcement and state agencies to provide a regional response in disasters.

Primary hospitals in SERAC include New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Bladen County Hospital, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Pender Memorial Hospital and Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital.

SERAC develops guidelines for dispatch, triage and treatment at the scene and in the Emergency Department, transport, and transfer agreements. It provides trauma education and prevention, both to the general public and to trauma providers in the region. SERAC enhances communication among trauma providers, conducts trauma research and evaluates the system's progress.

SERAC-Disaster Preparedness The primary mission of this division is coordination of regional disaster planning between hospitals, EMS, Public Health, MentSERAC SMAT Logoal Health, and other agencies.

Level II and III State Medical Assistance Team (SMAT)    New Hanover County EMS, Brunswick County EMS, Pender County EMS and Onslow County EMS have been selected as Level III (Local) SMAT providers.

Educational providers from across the state converged on Greensboro at the Special Operations Center for the Special Operations Response Team (SORT). SORT is also known as NC-1 DMAT a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team that responds to disasters within the United States or around the globe. This specialized organization headed up the train-the-trainer courses for all the SMATs across North Carolina. These individuals will be responsible for training about thirty, twenty-one member Level III SMATs within North Carolina.

SERAC has received state provided equipment and recruited members of this forty-five plus member team of medical and non-medical providers from around the region. Please visit the SERAC website for additional information about our regions State Medical Assistance Teams. If you would like more information or would like to join the Regional SMAT please contact Hans Edwards.

The SERAC Disaster Preparedness Website:  Visit www.ncserac.org to access regional disaster resources, calendar, and other information. SERAC members can sign up for a password to access other areas of the website, which include SERAC Disaster Preparedness Committee meeting minutes, maps and the hospital resource tracking page. Please submit calendar events, links and resources for the website to Hillary Manning, SERAC Grants Coordinator.

Trauma PI The SERAC Trauma Committee is moving forward with performance improvement (PI) initiatives. A Trauma Resource Book has been developed and distributed to Emergency Departments in the region. This handy binder includes information such as how to report a trauma patient care concern, pediatric patient care references, nursing care guidelines, trauma patient transfer guidelines, and driving directions to the Trauma Center for family members of trauma patients. The group has also identified missing patient documentation and referring hospital length of stay as key PI indicators, and will develop plans to address variances from benchmarked standards. Pre-hospital representatives are developing a Mutual Aid Agreement, which will make it easier to share resources and increase capabilities among all EMS systems in the region. Such collaboration of trauma care providers in the region will continue to meet the mission of establishing coordinated, efficient trauma care.

Chip Munna, EMTP
SERAC Regional Trauma Coordinator
NHRMC, Trauma and Emergency Services
910-342-3217
Chip.Munna@NHRMC.org
Hans Edwards, EMTP, BS
SERAC Emergency Response and Recovery Manager
NHRMC, Trauma and Emergency Services
910-343-4877
Hans.Edwards@NHRMC.org

 

 

Hillary Manning, BS
SERAC Grants Coordiantor
NHRMC, Trauma and Emergency Services
910-399-7540
Hillary.Manning@NHRMC.org

 

 

 

 

 

 
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