Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 10, 1973 · Page 9
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May 10, 1973

Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 9

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Golesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg, HI. Thursday; Moy10, 1973 9 Center in Gdlesburg Demonstrates Its Need Wait for Injured A doctor and nurses of the St. Mary's Hospital trauma center, top photo, stand in readiness to give immediate care to accident victims after they have been notified that ambulances are on their way to the center. A nurse and therapist, bottom photo, wheel one of the injured to the emergency room where treatment can begin. (Register-Mail photos by Dale Humphrey.) SUMMERY SKIRT SUITS FOR MISSES 12 to 20 and 14 1 / 2 to 24 1 / 2 The new and neat Arnel triacetate jerseys are here. Great travel designs in a button front cardigan that's iced with white or navy . . . and the long sleeve zipper front abstract print comes in navy or brown on white. By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) Those in the medical profession will tell you that laymen sometimes do not appreciate complete emergency medical care until they need it. Laymen hear and read about advanced technology, new facilities and better-trained staffs, but they have a tendency to take them for granted, unless, of course, they come face to face with a life or death situation where the best emergency care makes the difference. A case in point may be St.j Mary's Hospital in Galesburg which, since January, has been operating an area trauma center, part of the Illinois trauma system established two years ago by former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie to provide the best possible medical care at the earliest possible time. EARLIER THIS year, on a wind-swept, rain soaked highway in the Galesburg area three persons were in a serious auto accident. For them, the future rested in the hands of the medical profession and its ability to provide fast, comprehensive treatment. Here is how it happened: The St. Mary's trauma center's effect on the injured first materializes at the accident scene where the ambulance driver calle on specialized training provided under the trauma system to remove one of the victims from the wreckage. The ambulance driver, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), removes the injured and then begins direct radio contact with the trauma staff at the hospital which in turn contacted the regional center in Peoria in case more specialized treatment is needed in a hurry, a hurry. Within a short time, the ambulance screeches to a halt at the hospital's emergency entrance where trauma center personnel wait to treat the critically injured. Oae patient shows no signs of life. One patient has severe head and facial injuries. The third has apparent fractures and appears to be having difficulty breathing. Vital signs for each are passed on to the physician. THE WORK BEGINS. The trauma center coordinator stationed at the hospital is called to stand by to make contact with other trauma centers if the doctor decides a patient needs its services. Calls go out to other departments of the hospital to make certain all needs are met and delay is minimized. The lab is called to be on hand for testing and bloodtyping. Inhalation therapists are called on to assist patients who may need help in breathing. Carts are available to transport patients to the emergency room, and the three tables in the emergency room are prepared to avoid delay or confusion. A quick check is first run on each patient to determine his immediate needs, and the staff finds a flicker of life in the patient wiho had first been believed dead on arrival. The "crash cart" — filled specialized equipment for the person who may have suffered cardiac arrest or a heart attack — is brought into play, and every technique known is used to fan the tiny spark of life. While part of the team works feverishly in that area, the rest work over the other two patients. It is determined that the aid of a specialist is needed for one patient, and the trauma center physician asks that one be called. He had been alerted earlier that his services might be needed, and in just eight minutes from the time of the call, he has donned a white coat and taken his place alongside the rest of the team. THE SPARK of life in, the third emergency room bay re­ fuses to respond and ebbs away. A priest is called. The trauma center physician moves from bay to bay, giving orders, checking the progress of each patient and ordering medications. In spite of the fact that bedlam has just descended on his domain, he has the time to comfort and try to. explain at least in part the result of the nightmare the accident victims have just lived ithrough. Alter an inventory of injufries is completed and the first lifesaving steps have been taken, the doctor sees a need for a second specialist, and the call goes out. He also sees the heed for a specialized service not readily available locally, and he instructs the trauma center coordinator to make necessary arrangements to transfer the patient. The coordinator calls St. Francis Hospital at Peoria, relays the needs of (he patient and is assured that all will be in readiness when the patient arrives. It takes just 50 minutes for the local medical team to have the patient stabilized and prepared for the trip. While the coordinator has at his disposal (Continued on Page 29) TRAVELERS CHECKS UP TO $ 5000 WORTH ONLY $ 2 CHARGE! ACT NOW! OFFER ENDS MAY 30 First National first Galcsbur* National Bank & Trust / Established 1863 / Member F.D.I .C ACCESSORY GIFT SPECIALS! 1.90 reg. 2.50 to 4.00 Fashion printed oblongs and popular 28" squares. Polyester, silk blends and pure silks too. 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