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St. Anthony Recertified as a Community (Level IV) Trauma Facility

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people in Iowa, from one to 44 years of age, and is often the most common cause of hospitalization. The cost of injuries is staggering, costing billions of dollars to provide healthcare and social support services. An estimated 30,000 Iowans are rushed each year to hospitals for emergency evaluation and treatment due to injury. This emergency treatment results in increased medical expenses as well as lost time in work and wages.

The 1995 state legislative session established the Iowa Trauma Care System Development Act, designating the Iowa Department of Public Health, through its Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, as the lead agency for trauma care system development and implementation. Iowa’s trauma system went “online” on January 1, 2001.

The goal of Iowa’s trauma system is to match the injured patient’s needs to existing resources so optimal and cost effective care is achieved. In Iowa, using a systems approach to trauma care reduces costs, disability and death associated with traumatic injury. All hospitals, transporting ambulance service programs, and rehabilitation centers participate in the Iowa trauma system.

Hospitals must reapply every three years to participate in Iowa’s trauma system and, based on availability of resources, are classified into four areas. St. Anthony’s classification as a Level IV trauma care facility runs through July 2014, and certifies that St. Anthony offers the community the resources (including surgical capability) to provide initial stabilization for all trauma patients while preparing the patient for transfer, if appropriate.

Leading the recertification process for St. Anthony were Angela Albertsen, RN, Trauma Nurse Coordinator, and Josh Smith, D.O., Trauma Service Medical Director. “Emergency care is vital to everyone in the greater Carroll area,” said Karen Timm, Vice President for Patient Services. “St. Anthony’s participation in the recertification process assures our community that whatever the emergency, the appropriate care is always available.”

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401