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Trauma program ranks among top in the country

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Excels in caring for shock and traumatic brain injury patients

Trauma helicopter lands at WellSpan York Hospital helipad.
WellSpan York Hospital’s Trauma Center ranks in the top five percent of performers nationally when it comes to caring for shock and traumatic brain injury patients.

WellSpan York Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Program ranks among the best in the country for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and shock patient outcomes, according to national data.

Patients suffering shock and traumatic brain injury are among the sickest-of-the-sick as far as injury severity and outcome expectations.

WellSpan York Hospital and only four other centers exceeded expectations for shock and TBI risk-adjusted mortality, according to the Trauma Quality Improvement Program. This places WellSpan York Hospital in the top five percent of performers.

“This statistically significant outcome reflects the high-level of intensive and critical care provided to our trauma patients,” said Amy Krichten, trauma program manager.

“It is a result of our entire team working as one to ensure our patients have fewer complications and receive care resulting in lives saved. It truly translates into patients having a higher level of survival probability than other trauma centers.”

WellSpan York Hospital ranked in the country’s top 15 percent for avoiding excessive length-of-stay for shock and TBI patients. This category compares a nationwide average length-of-stay and then determines the number of patients who exceeded the average.

“Being named a high-performer in this category reflects the care provided by many disciplines, including rehabilitation therapy, case management and social services just to name a few,” said Krichten.

“These are high-acuity patients with many disposition challenges, and discharge planning can be very complex. Timely discharge of our patients leads to fewer complications, cost savings and patient bed management benefits.”

Krichten added, “WellSpan should be very proud of these results, knowing we are able to shine among the nation’s biggest and best programs. Our community benefits from the high-level of care we provide, and now we have the statistical data ranking us at the top.”

WellSpan York Hospital participates in a voluntary nationwide database called Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP). It is designed to measure trauma center performances using process and outcome measures.

It requires trauma centers to submit data to a central databank where it is benchmarked and compared to other Level 1 and Level 2 trauma centers throughout the country.

WellSpan York Hospital was one of the first 50 centers to join the project, joining in 2009. Currently, there are 146 participating centers.

WellSpan York Hospital has been a regional trauma center since October 1986. It was upgraded to Level 1 status in October 2009.

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