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Trauma Center Verification

Andrew J Bowman sumieb at compuserve.com
Wed Apr 26 19:04:01 BST 2006


I envy you. It must be exciting to work at a hospital where the focus to
accomplish verification is instilled in all staff, whether they perform
direct trauma care or not.

I have a hard enough time getting our direct trauma care staff motivated to
do good basic trauma care let alone try and pursue a decade long road to



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bjorn, Pret" <pbjorn at emh.org>
To: "'Trauma &amp'" <trauma-list at trauma.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:59 AM
Subject: Trauma Center Verification

> My hospital just passed our FIRST Level II verification in December
> (Yippee!), and we learned a TON over a full decade of preparation and
> improvement.  Our pursuit of verification made us a completely different
> demonstrably better organization.  We owe much to the College, as do our
> referring colleagues, and surely our patients.  At every opportunity, our
> ACS consultants and surveyors were immensely candid, constructive, and
> encouraging.  However considerable the stress and anxiety we endured, it
> by no means the fault of the ACS.  They were outstanding.
> I as well am happy to lend whatever help and advice I can (such as it is)
> friends on the List.  I'd start by suggesting what may only be obvious
> one has fully experienced it: that verification must be thought of as a
> continuous ongoing process, not something you do every three years.
> We're aiming to reach a point where our day-to-day operations will obviate
> (or at least minimize) the need for survey preparation.  For the most
> what the College requires is extremely reasonable and, by definition, a
> framework around which to structure a high-performance hospital trauma
> program.
> Pret Bjorn, RN
> Eastern Maine Medical Center Trauma Program
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aarantz at comcast.net [mailto:aarantz at comcast.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:26 AM
> To: Trauma &amp; Critical Care mailing list
> Subject: Re: Trauma & Criticalcare Surgery 2006
> As we are just about a year away from our fourth re-verificaiton site
> any new inforamtion or suggestions regarding this process, and how it may
> changing, would be greatly appreciated.
> Please feel free to respond off list, if you prefer.
> Rick Pomerantz
> Trauma Director, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
> Ann Arbor, Michigan
> pomeranr at trinity-health.org
> -------------- Original message -------------- 
> From: KMATTOX at aol.com
> > Attached is the third in a long series. I am going to be out of my
> > for a couple of a weeks or more...... so delay in next one.....
> >
> > On another note. We just went through our 7th Level I trauma Center
> > Verification visit. The surgeons and nurses have some very valuable
> > suggestions to
> > those who might be undergoing verification visits in the future. The
> > process has improved remarkably since the earliest days of this program,
> way
> > back
> > in the early 1980s.
> >
> > k
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