"Our system isn't set up for traumas and doesn't match what's available in other Canadian cities, let alone in the States," Tarek Razek, director of trauma services for the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal...
And there you have it.
No way to get the patient to (the Canadian equivalent a U.S) trauma center in a timely enough matter to save her life.
Would most US population centers serving 50K+ residents have a Level 2 trauma center ?
A Level II trauma center must be dedicated to continually improving trauma care through quality improvement programs, trauma prevention, and continuing education.
* immediate availability of specialized surgeons, physician specialists and support staff on a 24 hour basis.
* air ambulance service transportation to and from rural communities through Intensive Air.
* education and training programs that include Emergency Care Outreach Programs, EMT Workshops, Trauma Symposium, and Monthly Trauma Grand Rounds.
* injury prevention programs such as Docu Drama’s, Farm Safety, Bicycle Helmet Programs, Children Car Safety, A.B.C. on the Farm and Safe Kids.
What does it take to earn this distinction?
* 24-hour-a-day commitment by the medical staff, including trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons and orthopedic specialists.
* Hospital staff committed to trauma, including staff in emergency, surgery, respiratory therapy, laboratory, radiology, critical care, nursing, pastoral care and rehabilitation.
* Availability of numerous clinical resources such as cardiothoracic surgery; internal medicine; neurosurgery; ophthalmic, maxillofacial and plastic surgery; pediatrics; radiological specialties and many others.
* Rapid air transportation through the Intensive Air Program.