Bassett Medical Center Verified as a Level II Trauma Center

Bassett Medical Center

October 27, 2016

BMC_Trauma Entrance.jpgBassett Medical Center has been verified as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), making it the only Level II trauma center in the eight-county region served by Bassett Healthcare Network and one of only a handful of trauma centers in central New York. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients, from the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

The trauma team at Bassett Medical Center is comprised of physicians and other professionals in the specialties of emergency medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and radiology who are specially trained and equipped to rapidly handle critically injured patients.

Dr. Shelby Cooper, medical director of the Trauma Program, notes, “The care provided at a trauma center compared with standard emergency departments has shown up to a 25 percent decrease in mortality for critically injured patients. The verification of our trauma program by ACS is important because it assures the public of our commitment to optimal care and continual performance improvement in order to assure the highest level of readiness for the severely injured patients who need our help and expertise.”

Verified trauma centers meet criteria that ensure trauma care capability and performance, as outlined by the ACS for the specific level of verification, and have had an on-site review conducted by a team of reviewers experienced in the field of trauma.

Bassett Medical Center has been a New York State designated trauma center since 1987. New York is enhancing the care for the injured by transitioning to the national ACS verification process as a part of the trauma center designation in the state. The new process provides new tiers to trauma centers that clarify amount and type of resources available to treat the injured patient.

Paul Campbell, manager of the Trauma Program, also notes, “Many people don’t realize that as a designated Level II trauma center, we also undertake public awareness campaigns to hopefully reduce preventable injuries. Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death for children and adults ages 1-44 in the U.S. The more we can do to educate the public on prevention, the greater our chances are of decreasing the number of individuals rushed to our trauma center in need of lifesaving care.”

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