Emergency Drills Help Metro Health Hospital Take Next Step in Providing Expanded Trauma Care
Metro Health Hospital partnered with the City of Wyoming for emergency drills Tuesday, part of its ongoing plan to strengthen the trauma care it provides to the community.
Teams from Metro Health, AMR and the City of Wyoming collaborated on two vehicle-related trauma incidents, working to extricate car crash victims at the scene and then treat them in the emergency department. Yesterday’s drills, which started at 5:30 a.m. and wrapped up at 9:30 a.m., are part of Metro Health’s plan to attain Level 2 trauma status, a crucial step in providing the community with better options and coverage for trauma care.
The hospital has earned a provisional Level 2 designation by demonstrating it has all of the necessary services; now Metro Health must prove it can sustain those services for a year. Those services include immediate, comprehensive response to trauma that ranges from a car crash to an ankle sprain at a basketball game to falling from a standing position.
“We are excited by the increased level of care we can provide the entire community, but especially those in southern Kent County, eastern Ottawa County and northern Allegan County,” said Dr. Marc Afman, emergency room physician at Metro Health and president of Certified Emergency Medicine Specialists. “Businesses, residents and visitors to this area who need immediate care will benefit from having this specialized help only a short drive away.
“If there is a crash on nearby M-6 or an accident in a home in Caledonia, trauma help is only a few minutes away. Today’s exercise was a great help as we work to attaining full status.”
The improvement of services includes:
- A trauma surgeon – an attending physician – who is available 24 hours a day, with backup on call that is dedicated to reaching the hospital within 30 minutes
- An anesthesiologist available at all times
- An operating room dedicated to being open for immediate trauma surgeries
- Physicians and nurses specially trained in trauma care
Metro Health was recently acknowledged by Becker’s Hospital Review as having one of the shortest emergency wait times in the nation. Patients can visit www.metrohealth.net or text ER to 40491 to find up-to-the-minute wait times.