2015 Hillsborough County Trauma Plan

In 1990, the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (now Department of Health) approved Hillsborough County's Trauma Plan to establish the HCTA. This document, required for the formation of a trauma agency, describes how the trauma system will be administered, including:

  • Agency's fiscal impact on the system
  • Agency income and anticipated expenses
  • Area and population to be served
  • Data collection and system evaluation methodologies
  • EMS communications
  • Mass casualty and disaster plan coordination
  • Medical control and accountability of all hospital and prehospital providers
  • Organizational structure of the agency
  • Proposed public information and educational program efforts
  • Provisions for prehospital care management guidelines for triage and transportation of cases
  • Transportation system design
  • Trauma system structure

Trauma plans must be updated every five years. Hillsborough's Trauma Plan was last revised in 2015. 

Trauma Plan & Updates

System Performance Improvement

The HCTA conducts monthly countywide trauma audit committee (TAC) meetings in a confidential forum to address the quality of hospital and prehospital provider trauma care, including the overall performance and coordination of the trauma care system. Designated representatives from the prehospital and hospital community attend. This body is the only avenue where all prehospital, hospital, rehabilitation and emergency medical dispatch providers can frankly and confidentially discuss trauma care system issues that affect operational activities, promote smooth and efficient patient care through the range of all services, and air and resolve grievances. These meetings, which are exempt from Florida's Sunshine Laws, promote better coordination and cooperation among EMS, trauma centers and the area hospitals which ultimately improve trauma care delivered to the citizens and visitors of Hillsborough County.