34-12-52 Definition of terms.
Definition of terms.
Terms used in this section and §§ 34-12-53 to 34-12-55,
"Department," the Department of Health;
"Emergency medical services," health care provided to the patient at the scene, during
transportation to a medical facility, between medical facilities, and upon entry at the
"Hospital," a hospital licensed pursuant to chapter 34-12;
"Trauma," a sudden, severe injury or damage to the body caused by an external force that
results in potentially life-threatening injuries or that could result in the following
Impairment of cognitive or mental abilities;
Impairment of physical functioning; or
Disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning;
"Trauma care system," a statewide system for the prevention of trauma and the provision
of optimal medical care to trauma victims that includes both the provision of appropriate
health care services and provision of emergency medical care, equipment, and personnel
for effective and coordinated prehospital, hospital, inter-hospital, and rehabilitative care
for trauma patients;
"Trauma hospital," a hospital designated by the department as providing a specialized
program in trauma care with appropriately trained personnel, equipment, and other facility
resources that are specifically organized to provide optimal care to a trauma patient at the
"Trauma registry," patient-specific trauma data that is maintained by a health care facility,
in a format prescribed by rules promulgated pursuant to § 34-12-54.
SL 2008, ch 168, § 1.