Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) Trauma Center offers a variety of services including injury prevention, trauma education, a blood replacement program, and chaplain service.
Injury Prevention Center
Injury prevention has become a large part of trauma care. The MVH Injury Prevention Center (IPC) provides the community and related professionals with education, research, and injury data. In 2006, approximately 3,700 youths and adults passed through an IPC program, presentation, or seminar. Read more about the three programs offered
MVH provides extensive trauma education for EMTs, nurses, and emergency medicine physicians in the area.
- Trauma Update is a yearly trauma symposium. It's an all-day event that draws about 400 people. It attracts trauma and emergency medicine physicians, critical care and operating room (OR) nurses, respiratory therapists and other ancillary staff. Nationally respected keynote speakers give presentations on best practices and overall field information.
- The Advanced Trauma Life Support Course was developed by the American College of Surgeons. It orients physicians to assessment and management of trauma cases through practical lectures and a series of skill stations. A 2-day physician provider course and RN/EMT auditor course is offered along with a 1-day physician refresher course. It's offered twice a year.
- The Trauma Nurse Core Course is a 16-hour provider course and an 8-hour re-certification course with a standardized curriculum. It is offered four times a year. The audience is trauma and emergency nurses with at least six months of experience. The secondary audience is nurses with little emergency experience looking to gain this knowledge and hands-on experience at the psychomotor skill stations. All participants must be registered nurses. Attendees get continuing education contact hours (CECHs) for attending.
This standardized approach to trauma care helps to provide a patient with optimal care, since there's no question of what to do next. The skills learned are a big benefit to physicians and nurses at hospitals that don't offer definitive trauma care. This helps them recognize trauma cases, apply the skills to stabilize these patients, and refer them to appropriate care.
Family and Friends Blood Replacement Program
Maintaining a supply of blood in Dayton, like any city, is a constant battle. Because of the short shelf life of fresh blood, the supply always needs to be renewed. MVH's Trauma Center needs massive supplies of blood. Dr. Mary McCarthy initiated this blood program with the Community Blood Center of Dayton. When a trauma patient requires blood, family and friends are asked to donate blood to help replenish the supply. This effort brings in over 600 pints of blood a year.
This is non-denominational and available 24 hours. Chaplains are an integral part of the Trauma Team and serve the patients and the family with spiritual, comfort, and coordination concerns. They receive the same trauma alerts that surgeons and other staff receive. It is also common for them to be called in the middle of the night to be with family when patients are declining in health or have succumbed to their injuries.
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