The Minnesota Department of Health recently designated Sanford Medical Center Luverne as a level 4 trauma hospital. Sanford Medical Center Luverne staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Sanford Medical Center Luverne met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources, and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.
“I am pleased Sanford Medical Center Luverne received this trauma designation,” said hospital CEO Tammy Loosbrock. “This certification is a direct result of the dedication and diligent work of hospital staff. Residents in the Sanford Medical Center Luverne service area can be confident their local hospital will continue to be a trusted source for their emergency and non-emergency healthcare needs.”
For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival – the “golden hour.” The chance of survival diminishes with time; however, a trauma system enhances the chance of survival, regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.
“Trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. “The goal of the trauma system is to decrease injured patients’ time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources. With the designation of Sanford Medical Center Luverne as a level 4 trauma hospital, we are getting closer to our goal of ensuring that seriously injured Minnesotans have access to an organized system of trauma care wherever they are in the state.”
On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15 to 20 percent. Wide-scale participation in the voluntary trauma system ensures that a statewide, cooperative effort is in place to care for seriously injured patients.
Minnesota began developing a comprehensive statewide trauma system in August, 2005. Through its designation, Sanford Medical Center Luverne recognizes the vital role that communities, ambulance services, hospitals, and health care professionals play in the care and management of trauma patients.
For more information, see the Minnesota Statewide Trauma System site.