DCH Trauma Services was established at DCH Regional Medical Center as a regional trauma center for West Alabama. The demand for such services is high in West Alabama. The Emergency Department at DCH Regional Medical Center is one of the busiest in the state of Alabama, with more than 80,000 patients treated every year.
The purpose of the trauma service is to focus on all aspects of trauma care, including prevention activities, Emergency Management Services involvement, acute phases of care (Emergency Department, Operating Room or Intensive Care Unit) and rehabilitation efforts. DCH Regional Medical Center is equipped to handle all traumas, including stroke and cardiac emergencies.
In addition to a surgeon, who is the Trauma Services Medical Director, Trauma Services employees include a Trauma Coordinator and a Trauma Registrar. Trauma Services personnel also work in close collaboration with the Case Management Department and the Trauma Case Manager.
DCH Trauma Services operates under Trauma Alert Protocol. This protocol outlines notification process for the trauma team, response of all personnel, specific duties of each trauma team member and stand-by procedures for departments. DCH is a member of the state of Alabama Trauma System, and follows standards/protocols set by the state of Alabama and the American College of Surgeons.