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The KU Trauma Center, meanwhile, has a morality index of 0.72.
Is that good or bad?
A Level I Trauma Center is not the place people go when they have the flu or a splinter. They need a chest cracked, brains put back in their heads, blood transfusions, cardiac drugs, or IMMEDIATE surgery, if they are going to live. Since the only person who can actually pronounce a person "dead", or authorize the ending of resuscitation is a physician, the people with leaking brains and important body parts not quite attached end up in the Emergency Department, where many go just for the sole purpose of being "pronounced", and some of your, "Holy cow, no WAY that one is going to live" cases end up doing just that, because of Level I care. This does increase the mortality index for those EDs. It would stand to reason that LMH, Providence, or any of the other smaller hospitals, without a Neurosurgeon on site 24/7, wouldn't get the more terminal emergencies, thus decreasing their mortality index.
Hope that made sense. (No coffee, yet!)
KU Trauma Unit & Burnett Burn Center saved my daughter's life in Aug 2007. She was in a roll over accident on a gravel rural road; pinned under the still running car's exhaust system for at least 45 min before she was found &911 was called. She was unresponsive when lifestar took off with her about 45 min later. The lifestar ride was about 25 min before she arrived at KU. She immediately went into surgery. She was in ICU 16 days, had 15 surgeries some skin graft surgeries were combined with 3 orthopedic surgeries. (she had 3rd degree burns from hips down. She lost her right leg below knee & left foot & ankle reconstructed.) She was in the burn unit 8 wks. Nobody thought she'd live that night or for the first few days. Dr Korentager, the entire burn unit staff, Dr. Headings, Dr. Ritter, Dr. Tilley, Dr. Moncure, several other trauma doctors, & all the KU staff saved her life. They are amazing people!!! Very few people could do what they do &do it so well!! I believed that night if my daughter made it to KU Med alive, they would save her life. Anytime you hear someone is being transported to KU Med, you know they are in critical condition. The above commenter is absolutely right when paramedics arrive to find someone barely holding on, they send them to KU. God bless KU med. We are extremely fortunate to have such an excellent burn & trauma center in our area & in KS. .
Oh, I'm completely with both of you about the KU trauma center. I was just making fun of the JW typo.
I get tired of hearing people wonder why LMH isn't able to take critically injured patients, seemingly without any idea about what it takes to have the doctors, nurses and everyone else trained and ready 24/7.
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