LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – IU Health Arnett Hospital has become the first hospital in the state to be certified as a Level III Trauma Center.
The hospital began the certification process about a year ago.
The facility now has the ability to stabilize and provide initial treatment to any patient with a traumatic injury. Hospital officials said before, critically injured patients would have to be flown to either Indianapolis or Chicago. Now, they stay right here in Lafayette.
Dr. Marc Estes, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at IU Health Arnett Hospital, said this is a big step for the hospital.
“It is an exciting step for IU Health Arnett and our community to be the first hospital in the state to hold the Level III title,” Dr. Estes said. “Our team of highly skilled physicians has worked hard toward achieving this certification and we are proud to be able to offer this resource to our community.”
IU Health Arnett Trauma Program Manager, Amanda Rardon, RN, BS said one benefit of becoming a Level III Trauma Center is surgeon presence at the bedside within 30 minutes for the most severely injured patients.
“Becoming a trauma center means that our facility has the ability to stabilize and provide initial treatment to any patient with a traumatic injury,” Rardon said. “As a trauma center, we evaluate the care of the patient from the time EMS is dispatched all the way through rehabilitation.”
The Center for Disease Control reports that injuries are the leading cause of death for children and adults ages 1 – 44. All levels of trauma centers (Level I to Level IV) and hospitals are critical components of trauma systems. Trauma systems help to ensure that the millions of people injured each year get the right care, at the right place, at the right time. The right care can help people continue to live to their full potential, despite having experienced a severe injury.