Logan Health – Conrad recently received continued certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. Since March 2009, the hospital has met state and federal requirements proving its preparedness and training to respond to patients with traumatic injuries.
The entire Emergency Room staff continually receives training and education that focuses on a systematic, standardized approach to the care of the injured patient, which significantly reduces patient mortality. Dr. Jay Taylor, Trauma Medical Director, and Registered Nurse, Erica Krings, oversees the trauma program at Logan Health – Conrad. “This designation shows a commitment to improving thecare of trauma patients, quality assurance, involvement in injury prevention programs, and adherence to regional trauma planning,” said Laura Erickson, Logan Health – Conrad President. This level of training among our emergency staff means that patients and their families can count on their local hospital and medical professionals for specialized care when the need is most critical. Achieving a trauma designation benefits everyone who lives in or visits Pondera County. With this designation, every action taken by the staff is designed to improve survivability and outcomes.
The Montana Trauma System, a statewide system through the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, is designed to respond quickly and effectively within the “golden hour,” which is the time period when medical intervention is most effective in saving lives and saving function. One of the requirements for receiving trauma designation status is the development of trauma activation criteria. Erickson reports that early recognition and mobilization of resources prior to the trauma patient arriving at the hospital assists with the proficiency of efficient care upon arrival of the facility and provides the best patient outcome.
Pondera County is also fortunate to have a dedicated ambulance service that is staffed with a dedicated team of Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians that provide care during emergent calls. They have shown continued excellence in their commitment to emergency care for Pondera County.