The trauma center at Children's Hospital and Medical Center has been verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT).
Children's is the first and only hospital in Nebraska, and the only hospital serving western Iowa and northwest Missouri, to receive pediatric trauma verification.
ACS standards are considered the "gold standard" for trauma centers.
Verification is a voluntary process that requires an intensive review conducted by outside trauma and medical professionals. ACS-COT Level II Pediatric Trauma Verification recognizes Children's pediatric expertise and immediate, 24/7 access to specialists who can provide the best, most appropriate care for children who suffer an injury.
"Children's ability to undergo the scrutiny of the verification process and successfully ‘pass' demonstrates that we are the best place in our region for taking care of pediatric trauma," said Shahab Abdessalam, M.D., Children's pediatric surgeon and co-medical director of the hospital's trauma program.
"ACS-COT Trauma Verification is a huge accomplishment," said Thomas Deegan, M.D., Children's emergency department physician and co-medical director of Children's trauma program. "The ACS sets the standards for trauma care and has a very rigid review process."
Verified pediatric trauma centers are associated with improved trauma survival rates, fewer surgeries, and shorter lengths of stay.