Reid Health verified as ‘Level III’ Trauma Center
September 26th 2017
Reid Health has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by a special committee of the American College of Surgeons.
The recognition by the Verification Review Committee of the Committee on Trauma recognizes a center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. It also represents more than three years of work by the trauma team for this voluntary recognition. Reid Health’s emergency trauma center is one of ten Level III verified centers in the state.
Ryan Williams RN Trauma Program Manager and EMS Coordinator at Reid Health said the verification illustrates commitment to excellence by the many departments involved in trauma. “Level III indicates we have taken the necessary steps to ensure trauma patients receive care in an organized approach through rapid assessment resuscitation and stabilization.”
The committee evaluates the entire process of how patients are handled starting with what happens before they arrive to the emergency room what happens when they arrive and how they progress through other areas such as surgery critical care or transfer to other facilities. Williams noted that the American College of Surgeons requires a full year of data as part of their review.
“Voluntarily seeking out and going through this verification process is a way to keep us on track in always striving for excellence in care for every patient who comes through our doors with injuries” said Jamie Brummett M.D. emergency physician and trauma liaison for the department. “This means we are prepared as a team to take on complex traumas through standardized protocols. We have worked very hard to educate all staff to improve patient care from the ED to the floors.”
As part of the requirements for the verification Reid Health has transfer agreements in place with IU Health and Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and Miami Valley in Dayton. The agreements help expedite the process in the event a patient must be transferred quickly to facilities with services not available at Reid Health such as a burn unit or treatment for severe brain injury.
“These agreements illustrate the fabric of connectivity with other regional health care providers” said Craig Kinyon Reid Health President/CEO. “While we are all colleagues and sometimes are competitors we work together as a team to always put patients first in every aspect of care.”
Tom Grayson M.D. surgeon and medical director of the trauma program cited the multidisciplinary nature of the verification. “Achieving verification and maintaining a trauma program is a multidisciplinary effort that demands participation from all parts of the hospital as well as the EMS and rehabilitation communities” he said.
“Achieving verification and maintaining a trauma program is a multidisciplinary effort that demands participation from all parts of the hospital as well as the EMS and rehabilitation communities.” – Tom Grayson M.D. surgeon
The consultation/verification program was established by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in 1987 as a way to promote the development of trauma centers in which participants provide the necessary hospital resources to address trauma.
A verified Level III center is able to provide prompt assessment resuscitation surgery intensive care and stabilization of injured patients. Specific requirements for this verification include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists transfer agreements with Level II or Level I facilities and other requirements. Reid Health also maintains coverage for other specialties such as orthopedics.
With the Reid Health addition the Indiana Department of Health lists 18 other verified trauma centers in Indiana with levels of I II or III.