EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
TRAUMA CARE SYSTEM
New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division, Injury
Prevention and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau.
[220.127.116.11 NMAC - Rp 7 NMAC 27.7.1, 6/14/02]
These regulations apply to all agencies providing EMS services, local EMS Medical
Directors, Regional Trauma Advisory Committees, the Trauma Advisory Committee, the Injury Prevention and
EMS Bureau (IPEMS), the New Mexico Department of Health and hospitals participating in the New Mexico
Trauma Care System.
[18.104.22.168 NMAC - Rp 7 NMAC 27.7.2
These regulations are promulgated by the Secretary of Health by
the authority of Section 9-7-6.E. NMSA 1978, and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Act, Section 24-10B-
4.H. NMSA 1978 (as amended by Laws of 1993, Chapter 161). Administration and enforcement of the Act is the
responsibility of the Injury Prevention and Emergency Medical Services Bureau of the Public Health Division,
Department of Health.
[22.214.171.124 NMAC - Rp 7 NMAC 27.7.3, 6/14/02]
[126.96.36.199 NMAC - Rp 7 NMAC 27.7.4, 6/14/02]
June 14, 2002, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.
[188.8.131.52 NMAC - Rp 7 NMAC 27.7.5, 6/14/02]
The purpose of these regulations is to implement the trauma system provisions of
the EMS Act (as amended by the Laws of 1993, Chapter 161).
These regulations set forth standards governing the statewide trauma system in order to:
prevent unnecessary death and disability due to injury,
develop a statewide trauma system to assure timely, quality, cost-efficient and definitive care
through coordination of pre-hospital, hospital and post-acute care,
provide optimal care for the trauma patient,
study and identify the epidemiology of injury; and,
pursue trauma prevention activities to decrease the incidence of trauma.
These regulations establish procedures for:
statewide trauma system oversight,
requirements for all participating facilities,
the designation process of hospitals/healthcare facilities to provide trauma care services; and,
the development and operation of a statewide trauma registry.
These regulations are not intended to constitute detailed procedures for implementation of
the state trauma system.
Procedures and guidelines are available upon request from the IPEMS Bureau, Trauma
Section, Public Health Division, Department of Health, , PO Box 26110, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502-6110.
Trauma system design/components: the trauma system in New Mexico will be designed with
the following framework:
system roles and responsibilities define the organizational structure of the people and
organizations instrumental to the trauma system. These include:
New Mexico Department of Health
EMS Regional offices
Trauma Advisory Committee