According to the Trauma Nurse Society, traumatic injury is the leading cause of death and hospitalization in the United States, with Montana being no exception. In Montana, almost two-thirds of injury related deaths were categorized as unintentional injuries. With these rates being so high, how do communities ensure appropriate care and timely responses to traumas? Holy Rosary Healthcare is that answer.
Holy Rosary maintains a trauma designation by the State of Montana of “Community Trauma Facility.” Designation of a trauma center is a process empowered by the authority of the Montana State government to designate trauma facilities. The designation is a voluntary process paid for by the facility to assist hospitals in the evaluation and improvement of trauma care and provide objective, external review of the facilities capability and performance.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services states that the designation of Community Trauma Center means that the facility has “demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center and it provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients. Elements of a Community Trauma Center include: basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS protocols and 24-hour laboratory coverage and nurse(s) and provider(s) available upon patient arrival. They may also provide surgery and critical-care services, if available, they have developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center and they incorporate a comprehensive quality assessment program.”
Holy Rosary also serves the community with a surgery team that is on call 24 hours a day, which includes the availability of a general surgeon; by providing additional trauma education to all of their trauma nurses and ER providers; and by collaborating with the local EMS system to provide continuity of care.
Through our monthly “Spotlight on Trauma,” we aim to provide tips and education regarding injury prevention and announce any local classes that promote the health and well being of the community related to trauma. Stay tuned!