New York State Trauma Program

The NYS Trauma Program is housed within the NYS Department of Health - Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. The Program oversees the statewide trauma system consisting of one State Trauma Advisory Committee (STAC), eight Regional Trauma Advisory Committees (RTACs), 40 Regional and Area ("Level 1" and "Level 2", respectively) Trauma Centers, and a New York State Trauma Registry (NYSTR). The Program integrates these pieces, along with the statewide EMS system, to regulate and assure high quality trauma care to seriously injured patients.

For more information, please contact:

  • NYS DOH - Bureau of EMS
    433 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
    Phone: (518) 402-0996 Ext. 2

Regulations regarding Trauma Systems and Trauma Centers:

New York State Trauma Registry Data Dictionary

The New York State Trauma Registry Data Dictionary is a guidebook developed jointly by the Department, STAC Data Registry Subcommittee, and SUNY Albany School of Public Health. Trauma centers in NYS are required to collect information regarding seriously injured patients who meet certain International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) codes. Each of the fields in the Data Dictionary describes identifying characteristics including field name, definition, acceptable values, data source, type, etc. Also included is whether or not the field is required to be reported to the NYSTR. This Data Dictionary is an evolving work in progress and any suggestions for improvement are welcome.

New York State Trauma System Reports

NYS Trauma System Reports are periodically produced by the Department as quality management tools to document the efficacy of the NYS Trauma System. These reports use NYSTR data to detail risk adjusted mortality rates (RAMR) by trauma center, level of trauma center (Regional vs. Area), trauma region, and mechanism of injury. Two types of mortality are examined: "in-patient" (only those severely injured patients who died after being admitted to the trauma center hospital) and "in-hospital" (all severely injured patients who died in the hospital - both the "in-patient" and those that died in the emergency department). These reports also discuss historical trends in mortality rates and compare NYS with national rates.