To make sure trauma patients with serious, emergent injuries receive the most advanced, efficient and coordinated care possible, the Utah Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) began developing a statewide trauma system.
The statewide trauma system begins work as soon as paramedics and EMTs are deployed to the injury scene, and continues as the patient is transported by ambulance or helicopter, receives treatment at the hospital, and follow-up care and rehabilitation. Hospitals participating in this statewide trauma system are designated as trauma centers.
What is a Level III trauma center?
To earn trauma center designation, a hospital must meet a stringent standard of quality care and establish a trauma response team, which is always ready immediately upon a patient's arrival to assess, resuscitate, stabilize and either treat or transfer the patient. A level III trauma center has the technology and physician expertise to treat many emergent medical and surgical needs.
Why are trauma centers important? Trauma center designation signifies a higher standard of care with improved treatment and outcomes for patients. The designation applies to not only the emergency room, but to the standard of care provided throughout the hospital.
Emergent Care Services at Dixie Regional:
- 19 beds, 4 trauma bays
- Prompt assessment, resuscitation, and stabilization for all levels of trauma care. In the event of exceptionally severe injuries, such as head injuries requiring a neurosurgeon or complex orthopedic injuries Life Flight’s local fixed wing transport team is available 24/7.
- Care that is administered by a dedicated emergency team that includes board-certified emergency medicine physicians and specialty trained emergency nurses with training in ATLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and ENPC.
- On-call surgeons that can be at the hospital within 30 minutes of notification that a critically injured trauma patient is being transported to the ED. In addition many specialty medical services are available to assist with the care of the trauma patient such as orthopedics, radiology, pediatrics, anesthesia, obstetrics, cardiology, hospitalist, plastics.
- Annual trauma conferences, held for all hospital and pre hospital care providers
- Injury prevention and community outreach to help decrease injury frequency and severity