Life saving emergency care requires an immediate response from highly trained personnel who have access to state-of-the-art equipment. To achieve verification as a Level III Trauma Center, Berkshire Medical Center must meet strict requirements from the American College of Surgeons that demonstrate its ability to provide the highest level of services for the community. Among the requirements are:
- Immediate access to care from a complete trauma team.
- Immediate access to an operating room and surgical team.
- Blood Bank protocols that can meet the requirements for a massive transfusion. Among other new procedures, BMC has invested in a rapid infuser, which provides one unit of blood in 45 seconds.
- Around-the-clock access to a CT scanner. BMC invested in an additional CT scanner located in close proximity to the Emergency Department.
- Care for all injured people, regardless of their ability to pay.
- Community education and prevention outreach programs.
- Vigorous quality assurance and record-keeping program.
Following care in the Emergency Department, some Trauma patients are admitted to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit or Cardiac Care Unit. Most are admitted for intermediate care or surgical care, both located on the third floor. A trauma surgeon will oversee all aspects of the patient's care, though many different physicians with a variety of medical specialties will most likely collaborate as well. In many cases, our trauma patients also require services from neurosciences, orthopaedic surgeons and radiology.
As soon as possible, trauma patients begin comprehensive physical and occupational at the Center for Rehabilitation at BMC.