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University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City IA 52242
UIHC is designated Level 1 Trauma Care Facility by Department of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa State Department of Public Health has notified
the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) that it has been designated
a Resource (Level 1) Trauma Care Facility in Iowa.
That designation is the highest category in the new Iowa Trauma Care
Delivery System currently being organized by the Iowa Department of Public
Health, according to Gerald Kealey, director of the UIHC trauma service.
The goal is to match an injured patient's needs to existing resources
so that the patient receives whatever trauma care is necessary in a cost-effective
system, he said.
Under the new system, Resource Trauma Centers --such as University Hospitals
-- provide a full range of comprehensive surgical and critical care for
trauma patients. These centers also have extensive research capabilities.
The next level -- Regional Trauma Care Facilities -- are primarily located
in urban areas and have resources for surgical and critical care, but may
transfer patients to Resource Trauma Centers for specialized care such
A third level -- Area Trauma Care Facilities -- have resources to stabilize
trauma patients and may provide some surgical and critical care with an
option, when necessary, to transfer patients to a Resource or Regional
The fourth level -- Community Trauma Care Facilities -- are most often
located in rural areas. Community Trauma Centers have resources to stabilize
patients while preparing them for transfer to a center with the resources
for the level of trauma care required by each patient.
All Iowa hospitals, ambulance services and rehabilitation centers are
participating in the new Iowa trauma system. Currently, hospitals are being
evaluated to verify their level of trauma care. The new system will be
operational Jan. 1, 2001.
The verification of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for
the top category -- a Resource Trauma Care Facility -- follows a similar
verification by the American College of Surgeons. That organization sent
two inspection teams to UIHC during 1997 and later verified UIHC qualified
as a Level 1 Trauma Center.