There are a lot of trauma centers in the US. Unfortunately, they are not very evenly distributed.
Trauma care is hectic by its very nature. But in hospitals, where a minute lost to disorganization and miscommunications can make the difference between life, death or an extended stay, even the tiniest of extraneous disruptions can turn into a huge problem.
There is already literature showing that adding additional (too many?) trauma centers to a region can have a negative impact on patient volumes and resource availability at Level I and II centers.
Trauma centers and emergency departments across the U.S. have been closing at alarming rates. The people who stand to lose the most are those already put at a disadvantage by the health-care system.
More trauma centers generally equals fewer patients for existing ones. Unfortunately, the decision to become a trauma center these days, especially levels II and III, tends to be based on business factors.
I didn’t expect this volume. I didn’t expect to see 214 people show up.
To build a better way to care for severely injured, every hospital must play a part, whether an official trauma center or not. How can that happen?
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A medical helicopter flight is not without risks, either. Between 2004 and 2010, 53 emergency medical helicopters crashed, killing 77 crew and patients. Private medevac helicopter companies have been criticized for risking additional lives by flying in dangerous conditions.
Despite the latest results, Haider cautions that, "helicopters are not the panacea." Often an ambulance is a perfectly logical choice.
In October 2012, The Wall Street Journal got an inside look at the "ballet of organized chaos" that is a normal shift at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD.
Medical transport by air remains controversial primarily because of its cost and dismal safety record! Do medical helos really make a difference?
All of us take for granted that if we become the unfortunate victim of a tragic accident or terrorist attack that this type of care will be available to us. However, there are issues that threaten trauma care in the United States today.
Trauma Center designation is a process outlined and developed at a state or local level. The state or local municipality identifies unique criteria in which to categorize Trauma Centers. These categories may vary from state to state and are typically outlined through legislative or regulatory authority.
Think about some things you didn’t know you needed … or hoped you’d never need … until you do. A fire extinguisher. A clone of your toddler’s stuffed animal; the one that you lost on vacation and she can’t sleep without. A digital assistant, such as Ask Google, Siri or Alexa. Yep, pretty smart thinking on your part to have these items on hand in a situation. That’s how it is with trauma centers.
Trauma systems will possess the distinct ability to identify risk factors and related interventions to prevent injuries in a community, and will maximize the integrated delivery of optimal resources for patients who ultimately need acute trauma care.
Every state in the US now has a formal trauma system. Several studies are available that document the advantages of these systems in terms of outcomes and survival. Trauma professionals get this. But the governmental agencies and legislators who help create, fund, and maintain them tend to focus on cost as well.