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FOR RELEASE: December 15, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory
Task Force on Hospital Emergency Services and Trauma Care

What: Meeting of the Task Force on Hospital Emergency
Services and Trauma Care

When: Tuesday, December 16, 1 p.m.

Where: Metro Tech Business Conference Center
Springlake Campus - Carousel/Big Dipper Room
1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City

Background: SB 621 passed by the Oklahoma State Legislature created the Task Force on Hospital Emergency Services and Trauma Care to answer the question, “How can we ensure that all Oklahomans who are in need of emergency health care services have those services available to them?”

The task force must submit a report of its findings to the legislature by Feb. 1, 2004. The report should include any task force recommendations for changes in existing statutory provisions related to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers and the delivery of hospital emergency services and trauma care.

This will be the fourth meeting of the task force as it studies and assesses data on the availability and delivery of hospital emergency services and trauma care in Oklahoma. The task force will continue discussion on factors influencing hospital emergency and trauma care services, including hospital classifications, capabilities and capacities; credentialing and liability issues; triage and transport guidelines; call rotations; duplication of services and appropriate utilization; referral center development; and stand-by costs and funding.

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