Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Beaumont cited level III trauma center

by the Grosse Pointe News

October 03, 2013

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe is a level III trauma center.

Being verified as such means the hospital has met a set of criteria, such as 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.

“Beaumont, Grosse Pointe recognizes the importance of the first hour immediately following the injury as critical in defining patient outcomes and survival rates,” says Glen Clark, M.D. chief, emergency services, Beaumont, Grosse Pointe. “When EMS contacts us from the scene of an accident with the patient’s condition, we immediately activate the trauma team.”

The hospital’s specialized trauma team, including emergency medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses and respiratory and radiology technologists, are waiting to immediately treat the patient.

The trauma team assesses the patient and performs necessary procedures and diagnostic studies for people with serious injuries such as bad falls, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents or sports-related injuries.

Beaumont, Grosse Pointe also has transfer agreements in place with level I and level II trauma centers to ensure back-up resources for the care of patients with severe injuries. In addition to providing exceptional, high-quality care to trauma patients, trauma III status requires hospital staff are educated on injury prevention topics and the trauma team provides injury prevention education and resources to families in the hospital and community.

Injury prevention topics include bike and helmet safety program, child passenger safety, Coumadin injury awareness, fire and home safety and poison prevention.