Emergency Preparedness & Trauma
OHA leads a statewide and regional initiative for emergency preparedness and trauma programs that includes the coordination and implementation of federal and state grant funding. These cooperative projects are designed to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies.
OHA maintains PrepareOhio.com (www.PrepareOhio.com), which provides comprehensive emergency preparedness information specifically for hospitals. In 2013, OHA staff was successful in
Revised the Ohio Medical Coordination Plan to include pediatric triage model for crisis standard of care. A draft of the triage model has been completed and submitted to ODH for review and approval. A FY12-13 grant will fund the continued development of the model and implementation processes. This triage model will serve as a model, not only for Ohio hospitals and health care facilities, but for health care facilities across the nation. The Institute of Medicine is extremely interested in viewing the final product for endorsement.
OHA staff works with hospital members and government officials to manage Ohio’s robust trauma program. The Ohio Trauma Program helps get the right patient to the right hospital, at the right time, in the right manner. A statewide trauma system law was passed in 2000, leading to the creation of pre-hospital trauma triage protocols, geriatric triage protocols and a state trauma registry. OHA maintains an Ohio Trauma Program Web site in conjunction with Bricker & Eckler LLP with additional information and resources. View a list of Ohio trauma centers.