Bear River Valley Hospital became the first designated Level IV Trauma Center in the state of Utah in August of 2006. Our trauma center is able to provide care to all kinds of trauma and emergency patients. We treat patients who may be experiencing respiratory problems, chest pains, drug overdoses, fractures, lacerations, and more. Most of the patients who come into our emergency room can be treated here. If for some reason we cannot provide the level of care a patient needs, our Level IV trauma center designation allows us to quickly transfer that patient to another hospital.
There are five types of trauma center designations in the state of Utah. When a patient needs more care than our hospital can provide, they are transferred to a Level I, II, or III trauma center. These centers have the ability to provide more extensive care for critically ill patients. Patient treatments in these trauma centers may include things like transplants, head injuries or serious burns. Our level IV trauma center designation gives our patients a quick and easy connection to these hospitals if the need should arise. This designation also means that patients who are treated in our hospital will be treated with the same protocols that they would be treated with in one of these larger hospitals.
Becoming a Trauma Center
Trauma centers in the state of Utah receive their designation from the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. To be a designated trauma center, the hospital emergency department must meet specific criteria. Once designated, the trauma center functions as an important part of the Utah trauma system. At the Bear River Valley trauma center, we work closely with local Emergency Medical Services units to ensure continuity of care from first contact to entrance into our hospital.
An important part of our trauma center is our trauma team. The team is made up of doctors and staff that represent every department in our hospital. This means that each trauma patient is treated by a team that has a surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist and more. Our team is dedicated to the care of every trauma patient that passes through our doors. When an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) call is made, this team is assembled quickly to meet the trauma patient as they arrive. This trauma team is working continually to improve their response and care of trauma patients in our hospital. The team meets every month to discuss ways in which they can improve patient care and response time.
Our emergency department has a well equipped trauma room. It is just a few steps away from an operating room and laboratory. We have equipment to care for trauma patients with many types of injuries and of all ages.