There are just 31 hospitals in Pennsylvania that are accredited trauma centers. Lancaster General Hospital is one of them. The hospitals are accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF).
Trauma centers are hospitals with resources immediately available to provide efficient surgical intervention to reduce the likelihood of death or permanent disability to injured patients. Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life threatening and disabling injuries. They are not intended to replace the traditional hospital and its emergency department for minor injuries.
Trauma Centers are currently accredited at three different levels. The levels are based on patient volume, surgical residency, and resources on hand. LGH is accredited as an Adult Level II Trauma Center. That means the adult trauma center at the hospital meets the volume requirements are 350 major trauma patients per year.
Level I adult trauma centers require trauma research, a surgical residency program, and an annual volume of 600 major patients per year. Level III trauma centers are smaller community hospitals that do not require a minimum volume of trauma patients. Their focus is to stabilize severe trauma in preparation for transport to a higher level trauma center as well as care for patients with moderate trauma. They do not need neurosurgical resources. In addition to Adult level I and II trauma centers there are also Pediatric level I and level II Trauma Centers. For more information, go to www.ptsf.org.
A trauma surgeon is at LGH around the clock. The hospital can respond at relatively a moment’s notice in an emergency situation. The situation could be a stabbing, shooting or vehicle accident.
The PTSF is a non-profit corporation recognized by the Emergency Medical Services Act (Act 1985-45). It has been reviewing and surveying applicant hospitals since May of 1986. The recent list of the accredited hospitals was released earlier this week, on 1 October.
LGH is located at 555 North Duke Street.
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