Emergency departments see patients with a wide range of injuries and health concerns. At Aurora BayCare Medical Center - just one of the emergency departments staffed by BayCare Clinic emergency physicians - 14% of emergency room patients required admittance to the Intensive Care Unit, or ICU.1
These are the most critically ill patients seen by our emergency physicians. They are in need of lifesaving efforts and usually require support to keep major body functions working properly.
BayCare Clinic emergency physicians provide lifesaving care, providing critical treatment for all types of urgent situations. The first few minutes after an injury or medical crisis are the most important. Our emergency physicians are among the best in the region, with advanced training in serious trauma care, which is why Aurora BayCare Medical Center was provided a Level II Trauma Center designation by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
We also use state-of-the-art communication systems with emergency and ambulance personnel. That means we often have a thorough understanding of the patient's medical condition before they even reach our doors.
Critical care is provided when an illness or injury impairs vital organ systems to such an extent that the patient has a high probability of death without immediate intervention.
Critical care involves making highly complex and rapid decisions to evaluate the patient and provide treatment to prevent organ system failure. Some common critical care situations include failure of the circulatory, central nervous system, renal, hepatic, metabolic, or respiratory systems.
Superior On Call Surgical Coverage
In some severe trauma situations, emergency physicians work to stabilize the patient and prevent further deterioration until a specialist can arrive. BayCare Clinic specialists-including neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, eye surgeons, and hand surgeons-provide 24/7 on call coverage to Aurora BayCare Medical Center as well as several other Green Bay and regional hospitals.
In December 2010, the Academic Emergency Medicine journal published a study that showed most emergency department directors considered their on-call trauma coverage to be "inadequate."2 Without adequate on-call surgical coverage, emergency and trauma patients might not receive the specialized care they need to reach full recovery. In fact, 21% of emergency department deaths and permanent injury can be linked to shortages in specialty physician care.
This is not a problem in our area, thanks to BayCare Clinic resources and the dedication of our specialist physicians.
1. Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Emergency Excellence Report, 2009
2. American College of Emergency Physicians, news release, November 23, 2010
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