RED WING, Minn. — For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival—the “golden hour”. The chance of survival diminishes with time. However, a trauma system enhances the chances of survival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing is part of a Minnesota statewide trauma system and recently received a Level 3 trauma hospital designation from the Minnesota Department of Health. The medical center in Red Wing voluntarily participated in an intense designation process to be part of the statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training. The hospital also participates in continuous process improvement.
“The Level 3 designation is important not just to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, but to our whole community and surrounding areas,” says Tom Witt, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. “Our staff has worked hard to make sure that we have the equipment, the personnel and the training to treat and/or stabilize and transport any trauma patient. The end result is improved outcomes for patients. I am delighted that the Minnesota Department of Health has recognized the quality of our efforts.”
On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15 to 20 percent. Wide-scale participation in the voluntary trauma system ensures that a statewide, cooperative effort is in place to care for seriously injured patients.
“Trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota,” says Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health. “The goal of the trauma system is to decrease injured patients’ time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources. With the designation of Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing as a Level 3 trauma hospital, we are getting closer to our goal of ensuring that seriously injured Minnesotans have access to an organized system of trauma care wherever they are in the state.”
Minnesota began developing a comprehensive statewide trauma system in August of 2005. Through its designation Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing recognizes the vital role that communities, ambulance services, hospitals and health care professionals play in the care and management of trauma patients.