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Release: May 10, 2002

UI Hospitals and Clinics' Trauma Center receives Level I rating

The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently verified the Trauma Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a Level I trauma center.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the ACS Committee on Trauma in its current "Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient" manual.

"This recognition represents an important achievement," said Patrick Kealey, M.D. director of the Trauma Center. "The ACS has confirmed our dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients."

Established by the ACS in 1987, the Committee on Trauma's Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers. Participants must provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides a confirmation that the trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems, such as the local emergency medical services authority. Iowa authorities designated UI Hospitals and Clinics Trauma Center as a Level I trauma center in 2000.

There are four separate categories of verification in the Committee on Trauma's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Each hospital receives an on-site review by a team of experienced trauma surgeons, who use the current "Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient" as a guideline in conducting the survey.

The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The ACS has 59,000 members, and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world.

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