The Emergency Department at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital recently received verification as a Level IV Trauma Center. In addition to that, both Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center were officially designated as part of the Kentucky Trauma System at the Kentucky Trauma Symposium in Lexington on Friday, October 26.
In March 2008, Kentucky lawmakers passed House Bill 371 which established the initial framework of a statewide trauma system and the formation of the Kentucky Trauma Advisory Committee. The law encouraged the establishment of trauma centers and the drafting of written transport protocols for EMS providers to better define which patients require transfer to a trauma center.
Additionally, the statewide trauma system provides better, standardized education for providers - from first responders and EMT/paramedics, to nurses, physicians and even hospital administrators.
The trauma centers recognized by Stephanie Mayfield, Public Health Commissioner, as part of the Kentucky Trauma Care System include:
The designation as a Trauma Center means that the Emergency Department provides not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.