Staff provides quality patient care
For the first time in Boone Memorial Hospital History, the ER has been designated as Trauma Level IV. “The ER Staff has worked extremely hard to obtain this status. It’s taken us two years to get this,” said Terri Dolin, Director of Emergency Room/Surgery. “The State now recognizes us as Trauma Level IV, which is exciting,” she added.
There are basically 5 levels. Being at a Level IV basically means a surgeon isn’t on duty but BMH can get a patient where they need to go immediately. The Health Net can be at BMH in minutes. Not only has the ER upgraded its overall facility, education has been enhanced. Every physician in the ER is now ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support). Nurses have attended the TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Course) and the nurses on staff are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certified.
The ER received grant money to purchase a new ultrasound machine and new intubating equipment. When a hospital is designated a certain level, it makes communication with other facilities easier. “When other hospitals know you are a Trauma Level IV they know what we can and can’t offer,” said Dolin.
“We have an excellent ER Staff at BMH. At Trauma Level IV we’re able to offer more efficient quality patient care. We’ve had some unreal outcomes and several saves. It’s been amazing,” added Dolin. At Boone Memorial Hospital you’re treated like family. We Care for Life.