Trauma level hospitals

  1. I have been combing the thread seeking for some info on the nursing field.

    What are the differences between a trauma level I, II, and III hospital?

    Thanks
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  3. by   Brownms46
    Here is what I found, and it just happens to be from a state I worked in.

    http://www.scdhec.gov/news/releases/...actSheet03.htm

    Requirements for a Level I trauma center include:

    In-house emergency medicine, general surgery, anesthesia capability at all times
    Specialists must be on-call and respond within a short time to a trauma alert for surgical procedures such as cardiac, hand, neurologic, obstetrics/gynecologic, pediatric, ophthalmic, reconstructive, thoracic, orthopedic and plastic surgery along with surgical critical care medicine and radiology
    Extensive equipment requirements
    Specific clinical qualifications and trauma-specific continuing medical education requirements for physicians and other medical staff
    Operating Room availability 24/7 and in-house OR staff
    Specific quality improvement monitoring of trauma patient care and continual monitoring of trauma care protocols and policies
    Participation in injury prevention activities within the community
    Research requirements

    What are the requirements for a Level II trauma center?

    Requirements for Level II trauma centers must include: In-house emergency medicine and anesthesia capability at all times
    Other specialists must be on-call and must respond within a short time to a trauma alert for surgical procedures including general surgery, neurologic, obstetrics/gynecologic, ophthalmic, reconstructive, thoracic, orthopedic and plastic surgery along with radiology services
    Extensive equipment requirements
    Specific clinical qualifications and trauma-specific continuing medical education requirements for physicians and other medical staff
    Operating Room availability 24/7 and OR staff on-call and available 24/7
    Specific quality improvement monitoring of trauma patient care and continual monitoring of trauma care protocols and policies
    Participation in injury prevention activities within the community



    What are the requirements for a Level III trauma center?

    The requirements for Level III trauma centers include:

    In-house emergency medicine and anesthesia capability at all times
    Other specialists must be on-call and must respond within a short time to a trauma alert for general surgery and radiology
    Extensive equipment requirements
    Board certification in the physician's specialty is required and trauma-specific continuing medical education requirements is desired
    Operating Room availability 24/7 and OR staff on-call and available 24/7
    Specific quality improvement monitoring of trauma patient care and continual monitoring of trauma care protocols and policies
    Participation in injury prevention activities within the community
  4. by   Salus
    Thank you.

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