DVIDS – News – Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Achieves Recertification as a Level III Trauma Center

Camp Lejeune Naval Medical Center has been re-verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Trauma Committee. This achievement recognizes the NMCCL’s commitment to providing optimal care to injured patients.

“Re-verification as a trauma center not only means that we have excelled at the level we were at when we first received trauma status, but we have shown growth and change from that point on,” said US Navy Lieutenant Commander Douglas M. Pokorny, Trauma Center. director. “They basically gave their stamp of saying that we exceeded all expectations of the American College of Surgeons to be a trauma center so that we could continue to do so and continue to grow.”

Since initial designation as a Level III Trauma Center in 2018, the NMCCL continues to make positive contributions to the military and civilian community. The NMCCL is the only Navy military treatment center in the nation providing trauma care to a local community; more than 60 percent of trauma activations are non-military patients. Staff actively participate in numerous state and community emergency medical services and trauma committees and work closely with other trauma centers to increase available emergency care. The number of trauma activations increased from 163 in 2018 to 1,532 activations in 2021, with the NMCCL receiving patients from Onslow County and five adjacent counties.

“Having a trauma center located in Onslow County gives the patient with a traumatic injury immediate access to local care,” adds Pokorny. “Before us, there were patients who were badly injured, but who didn’t necessarily need a level I or level II trauma center, who used to be airlifted when they could have been handled locally.”

In order to earn re-verification from the American College of Surgeons, trauma centers must meet specific criteria and be re-evaluated every three years. In order to receive full designation, the NMCCL Trauma Center must also receive designation from the State of North Carolina.

According to the ACS Committee on Trauma, the audit program “confirms that a trauma center has demonstrated a commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care to all injured patients. The facility itself and the designation of trauma centers is the responsibility of local, regional or state health care system agencies.
State officials also participated in the reassessment process with the ACS. Official notification of the designation from the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services is expected in July.

The NMCCL Trauma Program supports multiple educational opportunities focused on injury prevention, a criterion point for trauma center verification. Members of the trauma team actively participate in the “Stop the Bleed” program, teaching more than 6,000 community members how to apply tourniquets and dress wounds in the event of a traumatic injury.

Additionally, the NMCCL Trauma Center is the only military facility that is part of the Trauma Survivor Network which provides resources to trauma survivors and their families, assisting in the rehabilitation process. The NMCCL Trauma Center held its first Trauma Survivor Day last April.

“Being a state-designated, ACS-verified trauma center means we’ve established ourselves in the state as a reputable hospital, but we also operate at the highest level,” Pokorny said. . “This [designation and reverification] gives us the chance to grow. Without the support of ACS, it is difficult to reach a higher level. »

Part of the upcoming growth is the pursuit of a possible Level II Trauma Center designation. The commanding officer and director of the NMCCL, U.S. Navy Captain Reginald Ewing, said the medical center has been designated by the Defense Health Agency for designation as a Level II trauma center. Ewing believes this investment in NMCCL’s future as a trauma center will expand subspecialty care while increasing military medical force readiness.

“This recommendation is in recognition of the high quality trauma care our medical center currently provides and the need in our community for increased availability of trauma services,” Ewing said. “The growth of our program will involve the investment of resources to add neurosurgical and other surgical capabilities to our medical center and increase our critical care, operative and inpatient capacity to enable us to reduce the need to transfer critically ill patients. wounded to high-level centres. outside the immediate local area.

As the NMCCL Trauma Center evolves, its leadership wants community members to know that the team’s unwavering goal is first and foremost to provide high-quality, life-saving care.

“We are here, always ready,” said Pokorny. “We guarantee you the same care every hour of the day, every day of the week. You can rest easy knowing that if you are injured in our vicinity, we will be there waiting for you before you arrive at our facilities.

Date taken: 03.04.2022
Date posted: 03.04.2022 15:42
Story ID: 415813
Location: CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina, USA

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