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Grand Itasca Receives Level III Trauma Recertification

7/18/2012

Grand Rapids, MN - In July of 2012, Grand Itasca received its recertification as a Level III Trauma Hospital. Trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota. On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. In states where trauma systems are in place, survival rates for trauma victims have increased by 15 to 20 percent.

 

Grand Rapids, MN - In July of 2012, Grand Itasca received its recertification as a Level III Trauma Hospital. Trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota. On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. In states where trauma systems are in place, survival rates for trauma victims have increased by 15 to 20 percent.

Participation in the statewide trauma system remains voluntary however, with Grand Rapids being a rural setting, Grand Itasca felt it was vitally important to area residents and visitors to be part of the statewide system. Grand Itasca received its first Level III trauma designation in 2009.

To earn recertification, Grand Itasca had a thorough review to ensure that proper procedures are in place from the time EMS responds at the site of the incident to when patients are brought to Grand Itasca. The recertification process involved department representatives from the Emergency Department, Lab, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgery at Grand Itasca along with local EMS providers, Meds-1 and LifeLinks III.

Key elements of a Level III trauma hospital include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and a certified team of anesthesiologists. The Level III designation also demonstrates transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.

“We are so pleased with the hard work and continued dedication since our initial certification,” states Pauline Landgren, Trauma Coordinator Manager. “This successful recertification is a result of the continued collaboration between our local EMS services and our staff at Grand Itasca to provide the highest quality of care to our community.”