The Eastern Regional Advisory Committee (ERAC) is composed of representatives from the 29 county referral region of Pitt County Memorial Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center. The representatives fall into several categories: prehospital providers; physicians, nurses, and administrators from the regional hospitals; and community volunteers. The major focus of ERAC is to implement and coordinate a regional trauma system and thereby improve trauma care in eastern North Carolina.
Several components must be in place in an organized trauma system. These are discussed in the Trauma Systems Act legislation which became effective in August 1998. The major components included are:
To ensure that all of these elements are taken care of, ERAC members have volunteered to work on subcommittees. There are four of these: Guidelines/Quality Improvement; Public/Provider Education; Communications; and Research. The goals and objectives of each of these committees relate to one or more of the above listed elements.
The focus of ERAC for the next year will be on education of providers and the public and on eliciting the cooperation and help of all levels of providers throughout the region.
Currently, ERAC representatives are attending regional EMS advisory committee meetings to discuss implementation of the system. Representatives will also be contacting local rescue associations and asking to be included on agendas.
For more information, please contact the Trauma Department at at 252-847-4299.