Benefits of Being a Level IV Trauma Center
IMPROVED OVERALL SERVICE
The most important reason for a hospital to be trauma-designated is it allows the hospital to better serve the community. The mission of every hospital is to provide comprehensive care to the people in its community. Offering trauma care is an added service for the area the hospital serves.Patients who arrive at a hospital in need of trauma surgery get to be treated by a surgeon who is on-site and dedicated to the hospital. The surgeon can help speed the patient through their course of care so that the patient gets seen sooner, evaluated sooner and operated on sooner, if surgery is needed. And that means that they're going to recover sooner.
TRAINED PROVIDERS AND NURSING STAFF
Physicians (MD's and DO's) and Mid-levels (PA's and APRN's) who work in our Emergency Department have completed Advanced Trauma Life Support training.Emergency Department nurses and Surgery nurses have completed Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and have also received certification in the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC).This critical training allows for rapid identification of life-threatening injuries, comprehensive patient assessment, and enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes.
When a hospital becomes a designated trauma facility, it receives increased traffic from the emergency medical services agencies that already come there. Additionally, the facility also starts receiving traffic from EMS agencies that traditionally went to other facilities. Once emergency medical technicians and paramedics get comfortable with a certain emergency department, they start going there more and more frequently. The EMS no longer comes to the trauma-designated hospital just for trauma, they start bringing chest pain patients, stroke patients and patients with a wide array of conditions to that trauma-designated hospital as well. Trauma-designated hospitals simply have busier EDs.The "halo effect" also impacts the remainder of the hospital simply because the ED gets busier — the inpatient beds are filled more quickly and regularly, there are significantly more higher-acuity patients so there are more X-rays needed, more laboratory tests ordered and more patients who need the rehab facilities.
Another key benefit of being a trauma-designated hospital is that the trauma program serves as a process improvement program. Trauma designation raises the bar throughout the hospital.