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An IU Health Arnett Hospital Release

—The trauma center at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. IU Health Arnett Hospital was the first hospital in Indiana to be verified as a Level III Trauma Center in July 2014. Trauma centers are verified and reviewed every three years; IU Health Arnett Hospital is verified through April 2020.

 “Our team of highly skilled physicians works had toward retaining our Level III title,” stated Marc Estes, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at IU Health Arnett Hospital. “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.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT’s Consultation/Verification Program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

In addition, IU Health Arnett offers patients direct access to IU Health Methodist Trauma Center via IU Health LifeLine when a higher level of care is needed. The unique partnership with IU Health LifeLine, Indiana’s most skilled critical care transport team, provides patients with access to Indiana’s most experienced air medical provider. The crews of IU Health LifeLine are equipped with the most advanced technologies in the state, providing the highest level of trauma care and the ability to fly when others cannot.

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.

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