OHSU trauma program receives three-year verification

Trauma-2011-small-300x178Successful site review by American College of Surgeons in May results in Level 1 trauma center verification

After undergoing one of the “most rigorous” program reviews in 20 years, the OHSU trauma program has been verified as a Level 1 trauma center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

“This was probably one of the most rigorous reviews the trauma program has ever had,” said Lynn Eastes, trauma program manager, who has prepared for 11 such visits in her two decades at OHSU. “Trauma care is such a multidisciplinary group – neurosurgery, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, all the nursing units – so this is a joint effort. We had such commitment by all the people involved.”

“The review allows us to highlight the excellent care we provide and to demonstrate our education, research and community outreach efforts, which all contribute to improving trauma care at OHSU,” said Martin Schreiber, M.D., professor of surgery and head of the trauma, critical care and acute care surgery division. “The ACS identified many program strengths in the review, plus a couple areas we look forward to focusing on and improving before the next review in 2015. Overall, we’re pleased with the outcome.”

OHSU is one of two Level 1 trauma centers in the state of Oregon. In 2011, the trauma program treated 2,567 patients – an increase of 5 percent from 2010. Sixty-seven percent of these patients (1,721) were brought to OHSU directly from the scene of injury; 33 percent (846) were transferred from another hospital for care of their injuries.

Three ACS reviewers took part in the OHSU site visit May 30-31, 2012. Oregon Health Authority representatives were also present, and the results of the ACS review inform their process as the designating authority for trauma centers in Oregon.

Established by the ACS in 1987, the verification program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.