In the state of Hawaii, injuries are responsible for more deaths from the first year of life through age 39 than all other causes combined, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Among residents of all ages, injury is the fourth leading cause of death and disability. Every week in Hawaii: 1,530 residents are treated in Emergency Rooms, 115 are hospitalized and 13 residents die from an injury.
In 2013, we proudly received our official designation as a Level III Trauma Center after verification from the State Department of Health.
OUR TRAUMA PROGRAM MISSION AND VISION
Our mission is to continually improve and optimize the care we provide for injured individuals of our community through an evolving multidisciplinary performance improvement committee, data collection, injury prevention, community outreach and education.
Our vision is to provide a sustainable trauma program through teamwork, passion, and integrity, which ultimately provides all injured individuals of our community with the highest level of care for today and generations to come.
WHAT DOES A LEVEL III DESIGNATION MEAN?
Key elements of a Level III Trauma Center include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists. As a Level III Trauma Center, we are able to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations, and stabilization, in addition to arranging patient transfers to an off-island facility that provides definitive care for trauma patients.
Designation as Level III Trauma Center allows us to be a treating center for injured patients that would otherwise be diverted to trauma centers located over an hour away. Our hospital's central location on Hawaii Island, easily accessible helipad, and Kamuela Airport within 1.4 miles provide us with an opportunity to quickly transfer patients to a definitive trauma center when necessary. This access proves invaluable when a scenario dictates the need for a higher level of care unavailable on Hawaii island.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TRAUMA ACTIVATION?
The process of a trauma activation actually begins when injury details are relayed to NHCH by paramedics while still on the scene. Based on set criteria, our multidisciplinary trauma team is activated enabling all necessary services and resources to respond and provide immediate care to the patient the moment they arrive.
A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO PATIENT CARE
Our trauma program provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care that strives to optimize the outcomes of injured patients. Our program is based on a multidisciplinary team, which not only provides patient care, but continually collaborates to identify and improve the care we provide through a trauma performance improvement committee.
This multidisciplinary approach initially encompasses services from Emergency Services, Operating Room, Anesthesia, Radiology, Laboratory, Patient Care Services, Cardiopulmonary Services, Security, and Social Services.
IMPROVING PATIENT OUTCOMES
Our Trauma Program thrives on improving outcomes of injured patients. In order to accomplish this, all Trauma activations, along with injured patients that meet specific criteria, are reviewed case by case and entered into our trauma data registry system. This data is utilized to steer the direction of our trauma injury prevention and outreach program.
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