FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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MARSHALL MEDICAL TRAUMA CENTER RECEIVES VERIFICATION FROM THE VERIFICATION
REVIEW COMMITTEE, AN AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAUMA OF THE
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS.
CITY --The trauma center at Marshall Medical Center 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.
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.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma
care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American
College of 2 Revised 5/20/2009 Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its
current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate
trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma
center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality
trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the
designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state
health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services
There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program.
Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking
that level of verification (see attachment to this press release). Each
hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers,
who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient
manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association
of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical
education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.
The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association
of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS
in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate
for all surgical patients.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS COMMIITTEE ON TRAUMA CONSULTATION/VERIFICATION
PROGRAM FOR HOSPITALS
What is the Committee on Trauma?
The Committee on Trauma (COT), a standing committee of the American College
of Surgeons (ACS), works to improve all phases of care of the injured
patient and to prevent injuries before they occur. The COT promotes leadership
and cooperation of all participants in a trauma center so that the best
possible care will be provided to injured patients. The COT also requires
the commitment of each facility's surgeons to the improvement of trauma
care. Recognizing that trauma is a surgical disease that demands surgical
leadership, the ACS established the Committee on Trauma, its oldest standing
committee, in 1922.
What is the Consultation/Verification Program?
Established by the ACS Committee on Trauma in 1987, the Consultation/Verification
Program is designed to promote the development of trauma centers in which
participants provide the hospital resources necessary to address the trauma
needs of all injured patients. The Consultation Program is designed to
help hospitals and their personnel prepare for this endeavor. The Verification
Program confirms that all the criteria have been met.
What is Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient?
This document is the resource manual of the COT. First published in 1976
as Optimal Hospital Resources for Care of the Injured Patient, the manual
established guidelines for the care of injured patients. Subsequent revisions
have continued the COT's commitment to ensuring that resources and
personnel for providing optimal care for injured patients are in place
in trauma programs. In 1990, the name of this manual was changed to Resources
for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient to reflect a change in trauma
care and to complement an important and abiding principle of the Committee
on Trauma: To ensure that the needs of all injured patients are addressed
wherever they are injured and wherever they receive care.
How did the verification program begin?
An obvious outgrowth of the establishment of the COT's guidelines for
optimal care was the development of a verification process through which
a hospital could be evaluated by ACS trauma surgeons to determine whether
the criteria for optimal care of injured patients were being met. Thus,
the Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals was established in 1987.
How many categories of verification does the program have?
There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program
(Level I Trauma Center, Level II Trauma Center, Level III Trauma Center,
Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center),
each with specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that
level of verification. How does a hospital or clinic receive verification?
The level of verification is requested by the hospital. An on-site review
of the hospital is conducted by a team of reviewers experienced in the
field of trauma. Using the current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured
Patient manual as a guideline, this team will determine if the criteria
for the requested level have been met.