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The Emergency Trauma Center Is Supported by All of Miami Valley Hospital

The Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) Emergency Department, backed by the region's only Level I Trauma Center, is the only facility in the region that can handle any emergency. Many other hospitals send their patients to MVH when a case is beyond their capability. MVH has both a depth of staff and a depth of sub-specialty physicians to deal with emergencies and whatever needed care follows.

The Hospital That Handles Disasters

MVH was ranked in the top five of all the nation’s hospitals for disaster preparedness in 2006. This "highly prepared" ranking was awarded after a survey of 531 Level I and Level II Trauma Centers by the National Foundation for Trauma Care for the ability to handle large-scale disasters. The study rated communication, interagency cooperation, emergency management planning, resource availability and response, vulnerability, threats to security, clinical capacity, management, and sustainability.   MVH also handles Dayton’s hazardous material exposures. Both the MVH Trauma Center and the MVH Burn Unit are nationally respected for expertise and care involving hazmat accidents. 

Needed Services in the Emergency Area

Social services, lab services, electrocardiogram (EKG), and respiratory care are all available in the Emergency Area without the patient having to be moved elsewhere in the hospital. This saves time and puts care closer to the patient. 

Home of CareFlight

Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) knows that when it comes to trauma and other life-threatening conditions, each second counts. CareFlight Air and Mobile Services’ response is both safe and fast. Within minutes of a call coming in to CareFlight, the helicopter is airborne. The powerful Dauphin helicopter can carry the pilot, two flight nurses, and two patients at 180 mph, making it among the fastest helicopters. On September 28, 2008, CareFlight celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

Magnet Hospital

MVH was accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as Dayton's first hospital in The Magnet Program™. Magnet hospitals are those that are recognized to attract a dedicated nursing population. A Magnet hospital follows the best quality standards in nursing practice and has a proven level of nursing excellence. Recognition is based on how closely nurses collaborate with physicians and other staff, nurses' participation in decision-making processes, and the quality of the work environment. This designation allows MVH to recruit, attract, and retain the best nurses available.

Close Relationship With Emergency Medical Services

MVH is aggressive about working with EMS and treats them as one of the most critical parts of the care team. The Trauma Outreach Coordinator, CareFlight Outreach Coordinator, and EMS Education Coordinator all work diligently to establish and maintain good relationships with local EMS departments. Regular educational seminars are provided to the EMS community.  EMS is a key part of the Trauma, Stroke, and Cardiac Alert systems. These notifications are proven to save lives and improve outcomes.

At the Forefront of Emergency Education

MVH does extensive emergency education for EMTs, nurses, and Emergency Medicine physicians in the area. Programs include:

  • Annual Trauma Update
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Course co-sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, and the 16-hour
  • Trauma Nurse Core Course
  • International Trauma Life Support Course designed for pre-hospital care
  • ACLS
  • MVH offers excellent EMS education beyond anyone else in the region. This includes free offerings and weekend sessions

Level I Trauma Center

MVH is the only Level I Trauma Center in the region. We treat over 3,000 trauma cases a year, making the MVH Trauma Center one of the busiest and most experienced in the state. Trauma is its own distinct entity that is integrated closely with the MVH Emergency Department. Trauma patients are brought to MVH by EMS Units, CareFlight, Emergency Department transfers from MVHS and other hospitals, and private citizens. Speed to treatment is critical in trauma cases, and MVH has continually worked to minimize the time to careby instituting a Trauma Alert Notification system in conjunction with CareFlight and local EMS. Once the nature of an injury is known en route to the emergency department, the Trauma Team and specialty surgeons are alerted to be ready to treat the patient at the moment of arrival. The MVH Direct-to-OR plan puts patients into an operating suite on arrival with no delay. Time-saving plans like these help to save lives. 

Emergency Heart Care Saves Valuable Minutes

MVH has been long-dedicated to achieving a superior heart attack survival rate. Attention to urgency at every level is what makes this possible.  MVH was instrumental in developing the Cardiac Alert Program in conjunction with local EMS. With advanced monitoring equipment, EMS can confirm a heart attack before the patient arrives at MVH so the patient can be sent to the interventional cardiac cath lab the moment he or she is rushed in, reducing time of treatment. After treatment, a patient is taken to the Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CT/SICU), where they are given the highest level of heart care and monitored continuously with the most advanced equipment available.

MVH handles the highest number of heart emergencies in the Dayton area, giving MVH Cardiac staff the most experience.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The hospital's nationally recognized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides comprehensive care for critically ill newborns. These babies include those born prematurely and full-term newborns with complications. Miami Valley Hospital has had a NICU since the 1970s.

The NICU at MVH has expanded from 49 beds to 60. The mission of the unit is to offer the best-quality health care possible to all our patients and families. As the rate of premature infant births in Ohio continues to increase, we are focused on improving the NICU to meet the demand and keep up with the latest advances in care.

Only Level IIIB Maternity Center

In addition to the Level IIIB NICU, The MVH Perinatal Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides specialized care for high and at-risk moms before, during and after birth and is the only PICU in Dayton.

Each registered nurse in Perinatal Intensive Care is Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified.

Experts at Stroke, Aneurysm, and Stents

MVH is a pioneer in treating brain emergencies.

With a stroke, every minute is more brain function lost, so the patient must get to care immediately. MVH has developed a Stroke Alert program with local EMS. If paramedics determine that a stroke seems likely, they call in a Stroke Alert to MVH. The Stroke Team is mobilized and ready when the patient gets there, saving precious time to get the patient treatment.

The MVH Stroke Center has earned certification by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center—the only one in the greater Dayton area.

The hospital is also a pioneer in aneurysm repair. MVH has two Neuroradiologists. Dr. William Protzer, the Neuroradiologist at MVH, has developed a less-invasive procedure exclusive to MVH to treat aneurysms. He has also pioneered an MVH-exclusive, less-invasive interventional stenting procedure.  

Adult Burn Center

For patients with severe burns, the Trauma Alert Notification system is used so the Trauma team will be prepared for the patient’s arrival. The Trauma team provides initial resuscitation and then consults with the MVH Regional Adult Burn Center to coordinate further treatment. The MVH Burn Center has extensive experience in handling both heat and chemical burns of every level of severity. With 32 years of experience, the MVH Burn Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to burn treatment. Specialists including Physicians, Nurses, Occupational and Physical Therapists, a Dietitian, Pharmacists, a Social Worker, Psychologists, and Chaplains meet regularly to discuss the cases of individual patients and formulate a care plan that will lead to the most successful outcome for each patient.  MVH also has a same-day burn clinic that handles patients who don’t require hospitalization or discharged patients requiring additional treatment.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program – The First and Only program based in Montgomery County

The SANE Program operates with Registered Nurses, who are specifically trained in forensic nursing to meet the unique needs of patients exposed to sexual violence.  Forensic Nurse Examiners are accessible 24/7 to provide care to patients as recommended by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, as well as the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.  The program is designed to assess, evaluate, educate, and treat the specific patient as related to their medical, psycho-social, spiritual and forensic needs.  Additionally, the Forensic Nurse Examiner may utilize the intensive SANE training to further support the patient and/or community by collecting forensically significant samples, providing expert witness testimony, and conducting community outreach/education programs. The SANE Program has no affiliation with any law enforcement agency or prosecutor’s office, although collaboration may occur in the course of providing direct patient care. The SANE Program provides this highly specialized service to MVH, MVHS, and Good Samaritan Hospital.

The Latest in Imaging

In the Emergency Department, physicians often need access to x-rays, MRI, CT, PET, and other scans. MVH has the latest in Imaging technology, the experience of 20 credentialed Radiologists, and fast service 24 hours a day. Images can be taken by experienced Technologists and read at any time of the day or night by a physician who specializes in Imaging. MVH performs 325,000 of these procedures a year.
Our wide array of Imaging procedures gives physicians many different views inside the body to help diagnose what's wrong with a patient so Radiologists get a clearer, faster picture of a patient’s condition. 

The Area's Busiest Vascular Lab

MVH’s accredited Vascular Lab performs 42% of the vascular procedures in the Dayton area. This makes the lab the most experienced in the region. It's accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Labs (ICAVL) to do peripheral arterial testing as well as extracranial cerebrovascular testing and peripheral venous testing.  

Intensive Care Unit Provides Comprehensive Team Care

When a patient leaves the Emergency Department and needs intensive care and constant monitoring, they may be taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The MVH ICU handles the extremely sick and seriously injured with a patient-centered team approach. The ICU staff has the experience of working together closely to serve the specific needs of a patient.

Hospitalists Program Helps Emergency Department

One of the busiest adult Emergency Departments in Ohio, there is a constant need to gets patients who have been treated either discharged or admitted to the hospital for further care. MVH has hospitalists on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These physicians act as admitting doctors to check into MVH those patients who need further care, and then follow their care in coordination with patients’ primary care physicians. This provides seamless care for patients. Hospitalists and Emergency Department physicians work effectively to get patients cared for in a timely manner.

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