UNC Hospitals is a State designated and American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level I Trauma Center. We receive patients from all over the state of North Carolina who require the highest level of specialized care for adult and pediatric trauma. In addition, UNC Hospitals, through the Trauma Program, operates as the lead agency for the Mid Carolina Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), one of eight making up the statewide trauma system. The RAC serves as a method of standardizing trauma care throughout the state and providing support to the hospitals and EMS agencies that belong to it.
The UNC Trauma Program is a collaborative enterprise that incorporates the expertise of many different disciplines in order to provide the most comprehensive care possible for adult and pediatric trauma patients. Units involved in the care of trauma patients include Carolina Air Care, the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Units, Surgical Units, Pediatric Specialty Units, Rehabilitation units, and the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. In coordination with the Department of Surgery and the Trauma Medical Director, the Trauma Program establishes and maintains all protocols and guidelines involved in our trauma process.
Our Adult and Pediatric Trauma Coordinators oversee an extensive set of performance improvement standards in order to ensure that trauma patient care maintains the highest standards. This includes multidisciplinary care conferences and discharge planning. Our Outreach and Mid Carolina RAC Coordinator provides education and resources to our own facility and to our referring RAC hospitals and agencies in the form of ATLS, TNCC, ENPC, and Rural Trauma Team Development (RTTDC) courses. The UNC Trauma Program has a dedicated Injury Prevention Coordinator who serves as a regional resource for injury prevention education and activities. Our Regional Disaster and Healthcare Preparedness Program supports the State Medical Assistance Team (SMAT II) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) for our RAC which is capable of providing medical and decontamination assistance in the event of an emergency or disaster. The collaboration with other RACs, Regional Disaster and Healthcare Preparedness programs throughout the State of North Carolina bolsters NC’s State Medical Response System (SMRS) which is now considered a national model for healthcare preparedness & disaster planning.
Al Bonifacio RN, BSN, MHA, CEN
Trauma Program Manager