The Trauma Program is governed by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care ( MOHLTC) Lead Trauma Hospital: Roles and Responsibilities Policy. Excerpts from this important document follow:
The Lead Trauma Hospitals (LTH's) of the province of Ontario will provide timely, efficient clinical care to the injured citizens of Ontario of all ages through an integrated and fully supported trauma network. The LTH's will assume a major collaborative role with our partners in injury prevention, trauma education, trauma outreach and research.
A trauma victim, requiring a high-level of care, should have access to the closest appropriate health care facility as quickly as possible to minimize life-threatening injuries. Regionalizing and integrating Lead Trauma Hospitals (LTH's), within the Provincial Trauma Network (PTN), reduces trauma morbidity and mortality by decreasing the distance and time between the incident and high-level care.
LTH's have a collective responsibility to the citizens of Ontario and accountability to their region and to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MoHLTC) to ensure the necessary capacity to provide essential, high-level care, including assessment and initial treatment (i.e., resuscitation and stabilization), and an effective, referral network on a 24 hour basis.
The purpose of the LTH program is to ensure high-level care for patients with serious trauma and to provide leadership in the areas of injury prevention, trauma research and trauma education. The LTH's are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) to ensure 24-hour Trauma Team Leader (TTL) availability, program management and data collection. All LTH's are acute-care hospitals that have the expertise, technology, and facilities to provide the highest possible level of care to major trauma patients within their respective regions. Important components of acute trauma care at a LTH include coordination with pre-hospital care, the provision of in-hospital treatment and discharge from hospital to community rehabilitation.