St. Luke designated Level IV trauma center

St. Luke Hospital and Living Center has been designated as a Level IV trauma center by the Kansas Depart?ment of Health and Environ?ment.

?Trauma center designation is one component of a comprehensive statewide trauma system designed to get patients with life-threatening injuries to a hospital with the necessary resources,? said Robert Moser, KDHE secretary and state health officer.

?We congratulate St. Luke Hospital for serving as a vital resource when every second matters.?

Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher level trauma center.

Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.

The Kansas Trauma Program designates four categories of trauma care. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation.

Trauma center designations are based on the hospital?s care capability, from the highest, Level I, to hospitals designated Level IV.

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