The Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital recently voluntarily gave up their Level 4 Trauma designation for the Emergency Room. The hospital has been actively working toward regaining the designation.

 

The Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital recently voluntarily gave up their Level 4 Trauma designation for the Emergency Room. The hospital has been actively working toward regaining the designation.

The State of Minnesota implemented the trauma designation for hospitals several years ago. Participation by any hospital in the state is voluntary, and requires that participating hospitals meet certain standards in order to treat trauma patients.

As explained by ER Nurse Shoan Loeschke, the Level 4 Trauma designation is the most basic level. “A hospital with a Level 4 rating has the equipment and the setup. All of their physicians have trauma certification. The doctors and nurses all have to attend classes and have a certain amount of training,” he said.

According to Loeschke, Level 1, 2, and 3 trauma designations are granted to hospitals that have more specialized doctors and facilities. “For example, the hospital in St. Cloud has a Level 2 Trauma designation and Hennepin County Medical Center has a Level 1 Trauma designation,” he said.

Severe trauma patients can still be brought to a Level 4 facility. Loeschke said, “Any patient that has a trauma or major injury can come to that facility and the staff is prepared to do life saving procedures in preparation for transferring to a Level 2 or Level 1 facility.”

Bill Brown, BSN, MBA, has been working at CCMH since last August. He explained why the hospital voluntarily withdrew the Level 4 Trauma designation for the ER. “In order to be a Level 4, a hospital has to have a Performance Improvement Plan in place. There has to be physician participation in those Performance Improvement meetings. There needs to be chart reviews of trauma patients, and then you need to submit data for the state Trauma Registry.

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