Metro Trauma Care Shifting Gears

Trauma care in Omaha is shifting gears. Right now, the Nebraska Medical Center is working with Alegent Creighton University Medical Center in a combined trauma system with both hospitals rotating days for treating trauma patients. That’s about to change.

Starting on Friday, both facilities will offer 24/7 trauma care for treatment of serious injuries resulting from things like traffic accidents, gunshot wounds and falls.

Amy Grace has three children and she’s happy to hear the news. She said it is comforting to know that the city has two trauma centers, just in case.

“We live in mid-town,” she said. “We're close to both hospitals and if anything were to happen obviously we're closer to one than the other so it’d be easy to get down to NMC where we are. Be nice to have it was every weekend instead of trying to figure out which one was open on which weekend.”

Over in Sarpy County, Papillion first responders, like many other area rescue teams, are going over different scenarios, practicing which hospital to go to during an emergency run.

EMS Manager Carol Gupton said, “Our patients that are stable trauma patients, that aren’t current life-threatening patients, we'll give the hospital of choice just like we do medical patients. Our Code Three or unstable trauma patients, those who are life-threatening, need to see a trauma surgeon immediately. We'll go to the closest hospital. That’s based on paramedics’ decision in the field at that moment.”

Many first responders in the region have new plans governing where to go when the red lights and sirens are on and right now they think two choices are better than one mandatory stop.

According to Creighton University officials, Level-One trauma centers can lower your risk of death from trauma by 25 percent.

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