Michigan certifies McLaren Greater Lansing at Trauma Level III

October 23, 2018 by  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently designated McLaren Greater Lansing on Greenlawn Avenue as a Level III Trauma center.

A Level III center must have emergency medicine physicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and surgeons on call 24 hours a day, with other specialists available quickly.

The center’s Trauma Medical Director, Dr. Jeff Deppen, said there are specialists available to any patient who needs expertise, and they will be at the center in a short time. He added that McLaren Greater Lansing is dedicated to taking the best possible care of all those who need help. Facilities that win designations like this might consider adding the information to their letterheads.

The newly-designated Level III trauma center allows experts to stabilize those who are critically injured quickly, thanks to the immediate availability of surgeons and additional specialists as necessary. The center is also able to act as a back-up for community and rural hospitals, and speed the transfers of patients who need even more expert care.

McLaren incorporated specialized education and assessment programs into the facility’s basic functions as part of the process of verification. Courses developed for this purpose include Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC).

The injuries McLaren typically sees include those that result from falls, assaults, and motor vehicle crashes. They also treat burns and broken bones, and puncture wounds that may need to involve a number of specialists.