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Rideout Trauma Center

The Best Place for Your Worst Day

Members of the Rideout Trauma Team are seen inside the new 5,000-square foot, $6.2 million addition to the Emergency Department at Rideout Regional Medical Center.

The Trauma Center at Rideout Health has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants 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.

If you or someone nearby has been injured, stop reading this and dial 911 immediately!

"Trauma" is defined as any sudden change to the body caused by an external force or agent; the injury can be the result of a fall or other accident, violence, or an environmental factor. At Rideout Health, there is a specialized system and team to care for trauma victims. It was developed because trauma is the #1 cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 44, and the fifth most frequent cause for all age groups combined. Statistics compiled by the California Department of Public Health show that in 2011, in just three counties alone (Yuba, Sutter and Nevada), there were 182 deaths from trauma, 20,000 persons who suffered injuries serious enough to require treatment at an Emergency Department, and another 2,434 victims that required hospitalization.

Unlike most medical emergencies, traumas occur suddenly and without warning. Swift response by trained trauma specialists can spell the difference between life and death. Rideout Regional Medical Center was designated a Level III Trauma Center in 2001, by the Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency, (S-SVEMSA), the Joint Powers Agency responsible for EMS planning, certification and implementation of Emergency Medical Services in ten northern California counties. It is a critical part of the emergency medical services system for the North Valley, and as a designated base hospital is empowered to direct EMTs and ambulances to the best facility for each patient's unique situation. Trauma patients in the counties of Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Nevada and parts of Butte and Placer Counties as well can be transported to and treated at Rideout within the so-called Golden Hour, those first 60 to 90 minutes that are so critical to preventing death and preserving brain function, heart muscle and, ultimately, the patient's quality of life after recovery. Rideout's Emergency Department, the entry point for most trauma victims, handles about 55,000 visits annually.

Rideout's multidisciplinary trauma team includes Board-certified specialists in emergency medicine, anesthesiology, trauma surgery, orthopedics, cardiothoracic and neurosurgery, specialized nursing staff, radiology, lab, intensive care and physical rehabilitation, all working together using proven treatment protocols that comply with the standards of the American College of Surgeons, the national organization that oversees the verification of trauma centers across the U.S. These specialists are on call 24/7 to treat even severe brain and spinal cord injuries, which put victims at particularly high risk for death or serious -- even permanent -- impairment to their cognitive or motor functions.

As Rideout's Medical Director for Trauma, Dr. Joseph Dougherty, sums it up, "Rideout is the best place to be on your worst day."

Remember, If you or another has been injured, dial 911 immediately!

Of course the best way to handle trauma, is to avoid it in the first place. Click here for tips on how to reduce the risk of injury to you or your loved ones.