Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services after consistently demonstrating its ability to provide advanced trauma life support, evaluation, stabilization and diagnostic services.
"We are excited to receive this new trauma designation and we know how important this is to Pearland and surrounding communities, as it confirms our team is now able to manage trauma cases as they arrive," said Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Pearland and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Kyle Price.
Memorial Hermann Pearland is part of Memorial Hermann Health System's integrated trauma network, the only such system in Greater Houston. The integrated trauma network, which includes Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, provides life-saving care for trauma victims before, during and after their injuries.
Level IV Trauma Centers have a team of trauma physicians and nurses available to assess the patient upon arrival. Patients that require more comprehensive care are managed and stabilized before being transferred to a Level I or Level II Trauma Center. As part of its Level IV status, Memorial Hermann Pearland provides educational opportunities in trauma care for the community including Stop the Bleed training and fall prevention education and screening events.
"Trauma is one of the leading causes of death and patients who have access to high quality trauma care at a trauma center, in a timely manner could be critical in saving a life," said Meg Michael, Trauma Program Manager and Emergency Preparedness Officer at Memorial Hermann Pearland. "There are many emergency centers but not every emergency center is a trauma center."
"Achieving this designation was a team effort and we are happy to be able to enhance the care we provide to our community," Michael said.
A Level IV Trauma Center has demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center. It provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients.
Elements of Level IV Trauma Centers Include:
Basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS protocols and 24-hour laboratory coverage. Available trauma nurse(s) and physicians available upon patient arrival. May provide surgery and critical-care services if available. Has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center. Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program Involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities.
That's an important asset to the community, and handy to hwy 288, too. A trauma center in Pearland reminds me of a shock I got when I first got out of college. I took a job at Baylor Medical School as a radiation physicist. On the staff there was a visiting doctor who came from South America, Rio de Janerio, I believe. He was interested in researching a condition called "gas gangrene." That is a form of gangrene that is found in penetrating wounds in which air that contains certain bacteria is trapped. It is found usually in knife wounds and, especially, gunshot wounds, since a bullet typically forces some air into a wound. The reason it was a surprise to me was that to study this condition he came from South America to Houston, where he spent his weekends in ERs watching for cases he could study! Apparently Houston was a particularly promising place to find such cases! Probably it still is.