(Worthington, MN) Worthington Regional Hospital is pleased to announce they have been formally designated as a Level III Trauma Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health.
In 2005, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill charging the commissioner of health to develop a statewide trauma system, including a process to designate hospitals as Level I, II, III, or IV. Worthington Regional Hospital has successfully completed a process to establish a trauma program that met the criteria set forth by the state for Level III designation. Criteria included staff education, protocols for trauma team deployment, performance improvement, required equipment, and hospital board and medical staff commitment to providing trauma care according to standards published by MDH.
The trauma designation was led by Diane Burmeister, RN, Emergency Department Head Nurse, and Dr. Gregory Hoversten, Emergency Department Medical Director. On-staff surgeons from both Worthington Specialty Clinics and Sanford Clinic Worthington also led the planning and design of Worthingtons trauma care.
The trauma designation is a commitment by the hospital and medical providers to provide immediate high quality care to anyone experiencing the misfortune of a traumatic injury, states Jennifer Weg, Director of Patient Services. The trauma designation has facilitated improvements to the process of care that begins at the scene, and follows with assessment, stabilization, or treatment at our local hospital, or possible transfer to a Level I or II trauma center.
For Minnesotans, ages 1 to 44, trauma is the leading cause of death. Overall, trauma is the fourth leading cause of death for Minnesotans. On average, more than 2,400 Minnesotans die from trauma each year. For every injury death, nine people are hospitalized for injuries. For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survivalthe golden hour. The chance of survival diminishes with time, despite of the availability of resources and modern technology; however, a trauma system enhances the chance of survival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma center.
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