KEARNEY - CHI Health Good Samaritan has just released its most recent Trauma Report revealing that a total of 839 trauma patients were admitted to Good Samaritan in the 12 months from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Patients came to Good Samaritan from 48 different counties in Nebraska and Kansas and 14 other locales across the nation.
Of those, the number one cause of trauma was a fall that resulted in injuries (485 patients) and the number two cause was motor vehicle crash (120 patients).
The report is released as the hospital learned its trauma center has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Good Samaritan is the lead hospital in Region III of the
Nebraska Emergency Medical Services
Statewide Trauma Program. Region III covers 31 counties in central Nebraska.
“Good Samaritan’s location brings travelers to our doorstep when accidents occur along the busy stretch of I-80 that we serve. We also care for quite a few patients from northern Kansas. In many cases, Good Samaritan is their closest full-service medical center,” said Renae Jacobson, RN, trauma nurse coordinator and the trauma program manager.
Since its first ACS verification in 1994, the hospital has provided care to approximately 14,600 trauma patients. It received its first Level II trauma center verification in 2000.
“Organized approaches to care for victims of severe injury have repeatedly demonstrated improved outcomes and lower death rates related to injury,” explains Kearney surgeon Larry Bragg, M.D., Good Samaritan’s medical director for trauma. “This organized approach is the rationale behind trauma centers, and the reason the trauma center verification process is important.”
As part of the verification process, CHI Health Good Samaritan provides trauma education for EMS, physicians, and nurses. It also conducts a variety of outreach prevention programs including encouraging seat belt usage, fall prevention and distracted driving prevention.