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A trauma system is an organized, coordinated effort in a geographic area that delivers the full range of care to all injured patients. Until March 2006, Indiana was one of a very few states with no laws or regulations providing legal authority for state oversight of trauma care, a necessary element of a trauma system. Public Law 155 (now codified at I.C. 16-19-3-28) provides authority for the Indiana State Department of Health to be the lead state agency for an Indiana trauma care system.
On November 6, 2009, Governor Daniels signed Executive Order 09-08 to create the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee. This order incorporates much of the language from Sen. Tom Wyss’ 2009 bill (SB464), which did not survive the 2009 legislative session.
A link to Indiana Code providing authority for the Indiana State Department of Health to be the lead state agency for an Indiana trauma care system can be found at:
A link to the full text of the Executive Order can be found at:
On January 14, 2013, Governor Pence re-issued Governor Daniels' original Executive Order creating the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee. A link to the full text of the re-issued order can be found at: http://in.gov/gov/files/EO11_01142013.pdf