July 12, 2012
Research Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center offers immediate medical care for injuries that are a threat to life, limb, or may result in permanent disability. Great Save Presentations to EMS providers who care for patients in the field were recognized on June 22, 2012.
Patients rely on EMS providers and the physicians, surgeons and nurses of the Level 1 Trauma Center when they are in most need of immediate, high-level care. According to the Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA), traumatic injuries—such as motorcycle and car crashes, assaults and falls from significant heights—are the cause of nearly 170,000 deaths each year in the United States. That accounts for 400 deaths each day—many of which can be prevented.
In its continuing commitment to the community to provide excellent medical care, Research Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest level designated by the Missouri Department of Health. This designation reflects Research Medical Center’s—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—dedication to provide advanced life-saving emergency and trauma care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Research Medical Center has five trauma surgeons on the Level 1 Trauma Center team, plus a hand surgeon and two orthopedic traumatologists that can provide care for complex pelvic fractures. “It’s not often that a designated Level 1 Trauma Center has a specially trained orthopedic traumatologist, let alone two,” says Carla Sage, Trauma Center service director.