The trauma center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak has proven its ability to provide the entire spectrum of high-level surgical care for injured adults and children. The hospital's dedication to providing optimal care for children recently earned it a Level II pediatric trauma verification from the American College of Surgeons.
To be verified as a Level II pediatric trauma center, a hospital must:
- admit at least 100 children a year under age 15
- have specialized pediatric equipment
- have fellowship-trained pediatric specialists in orthopedics, neurosurgery, emergency and anesthesiology
- offer pediatric rehabilitation services
- have a pediatric emergency center
- have pediatric intensive care unit
- have a pediatric trauma team
- have a pediatric performance improvement program
Beaumont, Royal Oak is one of only a few Level II pediatric trauma centers in Michigan.
The hospital is also verified by ACS as a Level I trauma center, the highest designation for trauma care. Beaumont, Royal Oak is the only Level I trauma center in Oakland and Macomb counties.
At Beaumont's trauma center:
- surgeons are on-call 24/7 and in the hospital within 15 minutes of a critically injured patient's arrival
- Beaumont One air medical transportation service is available to airlift patients between hospitals and from accident scenes
- doctors and nurses are all specially trained in trauma care
- state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment are available
- the trauma team is ready when the patient arrives and cares for him throughout his hospital stay
- the spectrum of care encompasses pre-hospital care through the rehabilitation process
- family support is available, including social workers and pastoral care
- a trauma registry is kept to aid trauma research
ACS verification is based on an on-site review by a team of experienced ACS site reviewers based on guidelines for providing optimal care for injured patients. ACS reverification is required every three years. The verification process includes a careful examination of clinical expertise and patient outcomes, and a review of the other components necessary to maintain Trauma Center status, including education and trauma prevention efforts in the community as well as research.