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    Question Trauma Alerts

    Just wondering everyone's county wide protocols for Trauma Alert priority levels are. We have 3, pri.1(trauma code)pri.2(pretty much your fu@ked up) and pri.3(meets basic criteria). I think that this is ridiculous, it's either a trauma alert or it's not. The only other system I know is Broward's, you have a Trauma Alert or you have a High Index(of suspicion) which is kinda like our pri.3 Both get transported to a trauma center but a High Index is not a trauma team activation. We eat ***** all the time with pri.3s because it is usually an error on the pt's side but it is still a full activation of the trauma system. I'm trying to write a memo to our heath care district with the Broward system and I'd like to find out what other counties do. Thanks Bro's!


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    Our county uses a 3 tier system for trauma calls but not trauma alerts. we have trauma green(minor trauma), trauma yellow(moderate), and trauma red(severe trauma). We also have a trauma alert which will be taken to the closet level 1 facility for surgery if needed.
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    rpferry, I'm guessing that your in Orange County?

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    We have no levels. They are a trauma alert or they are not. I will often mention in my radio report that a patient meets the criteria, but let the hospital decide if they want to call the alert. On the other hand if the person is messed up, I'll just call it on scene.

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    Thanks for the responses. Please add what county you work in so I can reference your systems, though after the tax cuts we probably won't have a trauma system anymore! Thanks Bro's.

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    In Lee County we only have a trauma alert. Typical criteria of blues/reds/paramedic discretition. If we have a high index of suspicion we'll take them to the trauma center but no alert is activated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemedic 61 View Post
    rpferry, I'm guessing that your in Orange County?
    Hey, sorry for the late response. Yeah we use Orange county protocol. If you have in-depth questions about the system PM me or e-mail me.
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