At EIRMC, our staff is adept at treating the unique blend of trauma types that show up at our door. As a regional hospital that serves millions of acres of backcountry, encompassing everything from potato fields to Yellowstone National Park, you could say we specialize in active-lifestyle incidents. From machinery-related accidents on the farm to mountain-climbing catastrophes, we've seen it all.
And while our case type may not be consistent with what you'd find in a big-city hospital, our level of care is.
We're proud to be one of only three hospitals in Idaho to earn national verification as a Level II Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma. ASC verification - the highest level of achievement for hospital-based programs - is evidence of our commitment to high standards of care for our trauma patients. Additionally, EIRMC is the second hospital to be state-verified as a Level II Trauma Center, as designated by the State of Idaho.
And the evidence goes far beyond a plaque on the wall. It shows in the care we provide. Here's a look at exactly what the Level II designation means to each trauma patient arriving at EIRMC:
- Everything the trauma patient might need is poised for immediate use upon arrival.
- Assessment, stabilization and interventions are done quickly and efficiently.
- Family support is immediately available.
- Survival rates are increased.
- Long-term patient outcomes are improved.
- Care is better coordinated, delivered calmly, and no chaotic environment is fostered.
- Entire trauma team stands ready and waiting for patient’s arrival.
- A CT table is held open.
- An operating room held on standby.
- Universal blood is immediately available.
- Patients are registered as “John/Jane Doe” prior to arrival, expediting electronic entry of lab, x-ray, CT, and blood bank orders.
- Each specially-trained trauma team member performs a unique, focused, specific role.
Fast Facts About Trauma
- Trauma is a severe injury caused by physical force (such as a car crash or gunshot).
- Trauma is the most common cause of death in people between the ages of 1 and 45.
- Almost 100,000 people die from trauma each year in the U.S. (half from car crashes).
- EIRMC is the region’s referral center, home to an Emergency Department serving over 40,000 patients each year.
- Trauma verification is a rare distinction reserved only for hospitals demonstrating the highest level of service. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals in America, only 252 are verified trauma centers, and only 113 are verified at Level II.