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Published on March 25, 2013

Avera Creighton Hospital Earns Trauma Certification

Avera Creighton Hospital (ACH) is pleased to announce its certification as a Basic Level Trauma Center by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. This certification places ACH as an integral and elite member of the Statewide Trauma System. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the Statewide Trauma System is to create an integrated trauma system that includes health care providers and facilities throughout the state and to match each patient’s needs to the resources of the facilities, from activation of the Emergency Medical Services system until their return home.

The role of Avera Creighton Hospital as a Basic Level Trauma Center is to stabilize, prepare and transfer all patients with potentially life-threatening injuries. ACH is recognized as having trauma-trained physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners available within 30 minutes, in-house trauma-trained nurses and appropriate equipment for diagnostics as well as for resuscitation and stabilization.

Avera Creighton Hospital also partners with the Avera eEmergency Services to improve patient safety and provide immediate access to emergency-trained physicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week. eEmergency is an innovative concept that links two-way video equipment in the ACH emergency room with physicians and nurses at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“When an accident happens in the middle of the night, the nurse at the hospital can push a button to activate the eEmergency service,” states Cindy Mastalir, RN, ACH Trauma Nurse Coordinator. The staff at Sioux Falls turn on the video equipment while the nurse at ACH is calling the doctor on call.

“The Avera McKennan physicians can initiate diagnostic tests and give immediate support to the nursing staff while our physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner is en route to the hospital,” states Dr. Brandon Essink, ACH Trauma Medical Director. The eEmergency staff will stay on the call as long as needed to support the local staff as well as arrange and coordinate transfers, freeing the local provider to stay with the patient.

“This certification and the agreement with Avera eEmergency shows our commitment to provide high quality, rapid trauma care to all patients injured in our area,” said Mark Schulte, CEO of Avera Creighton Hospital.

The first major accident after receiving the certification demonstrated an excellent coordination of care from fire and rescue, law enforcement, 911 dispatchers, medical staff, hospital staff and eEmergency personnel.