Salt Lake City, UT – St. Mark’s Hospitalrecently achieved designation as a Level III Trauma Center as verified by the Utah Department of Health. As the newest trauma center in the state, St. Mark’s is better equipped to serve local communities in need of advanced care for injured patients. With this designation, the hospital now becomes a more integral part of Utah’sspecialty trauma care system, a coordinated approach to reducing unnecessary disabilities and deaths from traumatic injuries through cooperation of all healthcare providers statewide.
A few years ago, the trauma care coordinator for the state of Utah approached St. Mark’s Hospital administrators regarding the need for and desirability of a Level III Trauma Center in the Salt Lake Valley. Since that time, the hospital’s trauma team has established or enhanced all of the resources essential to delivering comprehensive care to someone who is acutely injured.
“We looked at that inquiry as an opportunity to initiate hospital-wide improvements that now enable us to take even better care of patients who experience a traumatic injury,” explainsRod McKinlay, M.D.,trauma service medical director at St. Mark’s Hospital. “Earning Level III designation also helps us to prepare for delivering trauma care in the event of a natural disaster or issue that affects the entire community.”
People who are severely injured need fast access to specialized treatment, resources and equipment to prevent death and/or permanent disabilities. In fact,CDC-supported research demonstrated a 25 percent reduction in deaths when patients with serious injuries are quickly transported and treated at a trauma center. For this reason, the trauma care experts at St. Mark’s Hospital work closely with their partners in the field, emergency medical service providers, to deliver coordinated, specialized treatment to patients who need Level III trauma care.
“Our ED doctors and local EMS providers are grateful that we’ve been designated as a Level III Trauma Center,” notesJulie Fox, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at St. Mark’s Hospital. “It means that more critically injured victims of car and motorcycle crashes, skiing and snowboarding mishaps, falls and other misfortunes will now have a better chance for survival and recovery.”
St. Mark’s trauma team worked closely with the Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to satisfy every component outlined by the state as essential or desirable fora Level III Trauma Center. Now, experienced specialists and the resources critical to ensuring rapid response times in the emergency department and delivering quality trauma care are in place at St. Mark’s.
The multidisciplinary specialists delivering trauma care at this Salt Lake City-hospital include:
- Emergency medicine and trauma care specialists
- Surgeons from multiple specialties
- Radiologyand laboratory services
This specialized trauma care team is supported by the following resources at St. Mark’s:
- Comprehensive trauma care program
- Dedicated trauma program manager, Lydia Peters, RN, BSH
- State-of-the-art operating rooms
- High-quality intensive care unit
- Technology, equipment and supplies essential to treating injuries
- Well-defined process fortransferring injured patientsto-and-from trauma centers as appropriate
- Acute rehabilitation care, social services andpastoral careservices
- Collaboration with Salt Lake Valley EMS providers and local Level I and II Trauma Care Centers