What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 hospitals?

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    What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 hospitals?

    Yea yea i know its a pretty dumb question :imbar but i have no idea what is the difference.

    Just need to cure my curiosity

    Thanks,
    MJ
    Last edit by MJ-12 on Mar 11, '04
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    Level 3 are considered the tertiery hospitals. They are usually the trauma hospital in your area and the one that can provide all services. Differences will vary between states as to requirements needed, but most Level I Trauma Centers are tertiary hospitals but not always. They use an opposite numbering system for trauma levels. A Level 2 hospital could have a NICU but only for stable babies, others would be sent to the tertiary hospital for the region. They may have a 24 hour open emergency dept but not have an in-house trauma surgeon, neuro-surgeon and anesthesiologist only for the traumas. Your big medical centers are usually the receiving hospital for problem patients from other hospitals. They have the most advanced equipment and usually a full complement of staff in all areas.

    Hope that this helps. Just remember that a trauma facility uses opposite numbering. Level I trauma is the sickest, level I hospital is a small community hospital where many services may not be available.
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    You know I don't know the actual specific definitions of either II or III but I work at a level I. We have all services and surgical specialties availible 24 hours a day and there's specific differences in the types of trauma and emergencies as they are called within the hospital with different teams carrying different pagers. We have two choppers and we cover the entire central and eastern part of the state and we get the very worst of the very worst patients. So at least I can define level I. I also think that most level I's are teaching hospitals, but I may be wrong.
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    ORRNLORI:
    You are just talking of Trauma facilites, they are a Level One if they take the most critical, HOWEVER, with hospital ranking, it is the other way, Level One would be the smallest and provide the least amount of services. Level Two can have many services but not all, and the Level Three or the tertiary center is the one that accepts the problem patients from all over. Most Level One trauma centers are actualy also called tertiary centers, meaning Level Three. There is just an opposite ranking that way.

    I know that this always gets quite confusing for most people.
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    Okay, yeah, I remember something about that from nursing school, oh well, got trauma on the brain I guess, since that's all I see. Never mind. :chuckle
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    In terms of obstetrics, LEVEL ONE is thh opposite of LEVEL 3 (for trauma)...

    LEVEL 3 IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE in OB/NEWBORN nursing.......

    in Trauma, the opposite is true, LEVEL ONE is the HIGHEST LEVEL , "HIGHEST" in both cases only meaning handing all the most complicated and massive trauma or obstretric/newborn cases there are.

    clear as mud?

    I had to give an OB point of view, cause I was not sure where you are coming from w/your question.
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    Forgive me ignorance on this, but isn't a trauma center a hospital. So how can the scale be opposite?
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    While we are asking questions, I hope I can jump in...what does PACU, MICU, SICU stand for?
    *embarassed*
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    Quote from dreamon
    While we are asking questions, I hope I can jump in...what does PACU, MICU, SICU stand for?
    *embarassed*
    PACU: Post anesthesia care unit (aka recovery room)

    MICU: Medical intensive care unit

    SICU: Surgical intensive care unit
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    Quote from skippy1872
    Forgive me ignorance on this, but isn't a trauma center a hospital. So how can the scale be opposite?
    A trauma center is going to be in a hospital, but a hospital is not necessarily a trauma center. A trauma patient may be transported at first to a small critical access hospital (Google the definition) to be stabilized, but then is transferred to a hospital where they can get a higher level of care.


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