Backspin Volume 3, Issue 8 - Page 29

Backspin wants to congratulate our healthspin contributors at North Oaks Health System on the new distinction as a Level II trauma center. We appreciate the golfcentered health information North Oaks has provided for our readers. II Trauma Center in the Louisiana Emergency Response Network’s (LERN) Region 9, comprised of Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Washington parishes, and one of only five trauma centers in the state. LERN encouraged North Oaks to become a Level II center, remarks LERN Executive Director Paige Hargrove, so victims with traumatic injuries wouldn’t have to be transferred out of the region to Baton Rouge or New Orleans. “Accessing quality trauma care close to home is better for patients and their families,” Hargrove observes. “We can now all say with great pride that North Oaks offers the communities it serves – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 day a year – the best trauma resources in the region.” Car crash victim Carl Dennis, 25, of Mandeville credits the trauma team for saving his life. After being hit by a drunken driver headed the wrong way on Interstate 55 at Interstate 12, his injuries included a collapsed lung and several bone fractures. It was critical that he get needed care without delay. “A key to saving the lives of trauma victims is getting them the care they need within the first 60 minutes, known as the ‘Golden Hour,’” Michele Kidd Sutton receives the LERN designation award from LERN Executive Director Paige Hargrove and LERN Chairman of the Board Will Freeman, MD. notes Juan Duchesne, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, North Oaks Shock Trauma Center Medical Director. “Countless medical studies have proven that this nationally recognized best practice in trauma medicine greatly improves a patient’s chances of survival and his or her overall outcomes.” A Level II trauma center is able to initiate immediate, lifesaving care for all injured patients. This includes 24-hour immediate coverage provided by 27 emergency department physicians, six trauma/ critical care-trained surgeons and four mid-level providers with assistance from specialists in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, radiology, ophthalmology and ENT (ear, nose and throat). The trauma service line is also sup- ported by 350 nurse YB[Y\[H\\Y[ \][œK X[\\XHXݙ\B[] \X[[[]H\H[] \\H[][ܝYX[]\\\H[] ܝZ&H\\]ܞH\\\ZX[]][ۈٙ\[ۘ[Xܘ]ܞK[\ۛY[[\X\\HX[Y\]Y[\X\]Y[[ܝ[\ܘ[\HZ[\\[\\H•][XH[\[]Y[[[Z[H\ܝ [][]H\\[Y[XYX[[X[[B\X\[HZ\X[Hܙ[\[Y[Y[K[^H[[\ܝ[H[H][XHܘ[KX\ۙHܚ[ۙYHBYHXX[^YX[H][Y\Έ][XH\[ۜX\B