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  • 你懂的电影-Southcoast Health is building a Level II trauma center at St. Luke’s Hospital

    Victims of traumatic injuries are in a race against time. Whether a person experiences a blunt force injury (when an object or force strikes the body, often causing concussions or broken bones) or a penetrating wound (when an object pierces the skin), a trauma patient needs specialized medical attention within an hour for the best outcome.

    Providing specialized care close to home is the motivationbehind St.Luke’s Hospital’s new Level II trauma center, expected to open in 2020. Thecenter will be the first of its kind in the region, serving southeasternMassachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.

    “When a hospital commits to being a trauma center, it tellsyou that the hospital is making a commitment to being completely full-service,”says Dr.Michael Grossman, Chief of Trauma Surgery at Southcoast Health.

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    A trauma center is staffed 24-7 with in-house neurosurgeons,orthopedic surgeons and plastic surgeons, among other specialists. “But whatdistinguishes a trauma center is those services are immediately availablewithin a timeframe that is governed by the requirements for trauma centerverification,” says Dr. Grossman, who is managing the development of thiscenter and previously set up trauma centers in New York and Pennsylvania.“Similar to other hospitals, we have intensive care units, but our ICUs willhave specific capabilities focused on the care of trauma patients.”

    A Level II trauma center is equipped to see any type oftrauma patient and has the same clinical capabilities as a Level I center.Unlike a Level I center, it is not required to conduct research or havesurgical residency programs.

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    Currently, there are few trauma centers within an hour driveof New Bedford. And with severe injuries, every second counts.

    “Trauma patients need immediate intervention,” saysStephanie Raby, Trauma Program Manager at Southcoast Health. “You need to be seenwithin an hour by a trauma surgeon to interrupt any traumatic bleeding that’soccurring.”

    Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death forindividuals up to 45 years old, according to the American Association for theSurgery of Trauma. The biggest risk, as noted by Raby, is the blood loss causedby common traumatic events, such as car accidents, falls and shootings.

    “It’s the internal bleeding process that the trauma surgeonsare really here to address,” Raby says. “They have the capability to rapidlyassess the patient and stop the bleeding. If there’s bleeding in the brain, forexample, you need to relieve that intracranial pressure very quickly.”

    Based on an analysis of the area’s need, St. Luke’s Hospitalanticipates that it will handle a volume of 1,000 trauma patients a year. Butaccess to immediate care is just the beginning.

    The journey to recovery for many trauma patients includeshospital stays, surgeries and rehabilitative treatments. Before joiningSouthcoast Health, Raby played a key role in setting up Pomona ValleyHospital’s Level II trauma center in the Los Angeles area, and she observed thesignificance of having a local presence. “Trauma is typically unexpected,” shesays. “When someone experiences a head injury or has broken bones, it can takemonths for them to recover. We don’t want our patients to have to travel faraway to do that. Southcoast has stepped up to the plate to provide that servicehere in this underserved community.”

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    Becoming a Level II trauma center is a rigorous process thatinvolves verification by the American College of Surgeons, as well assubmitting data on the treatment of trauma patients to the National Trauma DataBank and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to achieve verification.

    Dr. Grossman and Raby are leading the charge, which has manymoving parts. They are hiring trauma center staff, including surgeons, nurses,critical care personnel and trauma registrars. They are also writing policiesand procedures, and will undertake training the new staff. At the same time,the hospital is remodeling to expand the trauma bay and create more space foroperating rooms and critical care beds.

    “We also need to order new equipment and supplies,” Rabysays. “The blood bank needs to be prepared for more transfusions, and ouroperating rooms need to be prepared 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

    A process like this would typically take 18 months to two years, but Dr. Grossman plans to get there sooner. “We’re hopeful that we can begin the process of pursuing verification within a year,” he says. “Stephanie and I have both done this before, and although we think that it’s a pretty aggressive timeline, we do think it’s realistic.”

    The EmergencyDepartments at Charlton Memorial, St. Luke’s and Tobey Hospitals can treatall kinds of sudden and severe illnesses and injuries. St. Luke’s ED even haspediatric specialists from Boston Children’s Hospital on site around the clockwho also are available to consult on pediatric patients at Charlton Memorialand Tobey.