WSR 17-06-044
[Filed February 24, 2017, 4:50 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-976-580 and 246-976-700, trauma designation process and service standards. The department of health (department) is considering amendments to update and align rules with national standards of care and best practices.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.168.050 and 70.168.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: WAC 246-976-580 and 246-976-700 have not been updated since 2009. Since then, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) has made substantial changes to the criteria used in the verification of ACS-COT designated trauma centers. The department is considering updating rules to more closely align with the current ACS designation standards to ensure trauma service evaluative criteria in Washington meet current and nationally recognized standards. The updated rules could assist trauma designated hospitals and centers in providing more optimal care to injured Washingtonians.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties may participate in the development of draft rules prior to a formal proposal by joining the trauma designation listserv, attending workshops, and providing input on draft and proposed materials. Interested parties may receive information on how to participate by contacting Anthony Bledsoe, Trauma Designation Administrator, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47853, Olympia, WA 98504-7853, phone (360) 236-2871, fax (360) 236-2830, email
February 24, 2017
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH