HRMC Re-Designated as Community Trauma Hospital
May 10, 2015
HURON, S.D. – Huron Regional Medical Center has been re-designated as a Community Trauma Hospital (CTH) by the South Dakota Department of Health, according to Pat Woolridge, RN, MSN, MHA, director of emergency department, outpatient treatment and trauma coordinator at HRMC.
HRMC was first received the designation in 2011 and applies for re-designation based on their capabilities and services offered every three years. Designated Community Trauma Hospitals are required to provide:
- Surgical coverage of emergency department for all trauma team activities.
- Trauma transfer guidelines in place when surgery not available.
- 24/7 physician coverage of emergency department.
The designation is part of a program legislated in 2008 directing the Department of Health (DOH) to develop a statewide trauma system to ensure that injured people are promptly transported to and treated at facilities appropriate to the severity of their injury. The ultimate goal is to reduce deaths and severe injuries through coordinated prevention, pre-hospital and hospital care services.
DOH representatives performed a site visit which included presentations of HRMC’s capability, facility tour and medical record and policy review. HRMC was notified earlier this year that the hospital’s application had been approved.
Since our initial designation, we have had a team and plan in place to make sure we stand ready to respond to traumas each and every day,” said Woolridge. “The team is led by a group of individuals who are key players in delivering trauma services to our patients.”
These individuals include Woolridge, ER Medical Director Dr. William Miner, as trauma medical director, Karen Brandenburg, RN, as trauma registrar, Dennise Brock, RN, education coordinator and Janice Farrar, RN, BSN, quality and risk manager, Surgeons Dr. Cy Haatvedt and Dr. John Robert, representatives from Huron Ambulance, as well as HRMC directors of respiratory therapy, lab, radiology, surgery and inpatient services.
“Last year, we had 24 trauma codes,” explained Woolridge. “We do a 100 percent review of all our trauma codes to learn from our experiences. We also actively participate in the South Dakota State Quarterly Regional Trauma Review and State Trauma meetings.”
When a trauma is called at the hospital or in the field by law enforcement or emergency responders, a designated trauma team responds immediately to the emergency room. The team includes physicians, emergency room PAs/CNPs, nursing staff, anesthesia, lab, x-ray and respiratory therapy professionals – all of the medical professionals that could be needed to treat a traumatic injury, illness or accident. The on-call surgeon responds and directs the code.
If your organization would like information on how to prevent and prepare for responding to accidents and injuries, HRMC can provide a representative to speak free of charge. Contact HRMC’s speaker bureau at 353-6572. More information about the South Dakota’s trauma system is available online at www.doh.sd.gov
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