Level One Comprehensive Trauma Center
at Creighton University Medical Center
Omaha's Creighton University Medical Center, a Level I comprehensive trauma center, holds the highest designation for trauma centers. This means CUMC has the facilities, resources, protocols and expertise to provide optimal emergency care for critically injured patients.
First in Trauma Care
When it was still Saint Joseph Hospital, Creighton University Medical Center was the first hospital in the region to have trauma center--long before other hospitals across the country considered having one. CUMC was the ninth hospital in the U.S. to use a medical helicopter.
Gold Seal Accreditation for Orthopedic Trauma
Creighton University Medical Center, in Omaha, Nebraska was the second hospital in the U.S. and the only one in the region recognized by the Joint Commission for its management of orthopedic trauma. CUMC earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety orthopedic trauma care. Everyone is trained specifically in the care of the orthopedic trauma patient.
One of the surgical techniques that sets CUMC apart is our Trauma and Plastic Surgeons' use of “rib plating,” Broken ribs are held in place with titanium plates and locking screws, instead of allowing displaced bones to heal on their own. This procedure may prevent future pulmonary complications.
The Nearest Hospital Isn't Always Best
Trauma experts know the closest emergency department isn't always the best option when a person is severely injured. Paramedics at the scene determine whether the patient should go to a trauma center. This sometimes means driving by a hospital that is closer but doesn't have trauma surgeons and the advanced medical equipment immediately available in the trauma bays. Depending on your condition, you may choose the trauma center to which you would like to be admitted.
During the past three years Alegent Creighton University Medical Center saw an average of 1388 trauma cases per year. Patients are transferred to CUMC from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota.
CUMC Trauma Center utilizes Life Net helicopter service to airlift patients for critical trauma care. Our dedicated trauma bays ensure rapid and comprehensive patient evaluation and treatment. The center is equipped with a CAT Scan suite, an on-site lab and X-ray for rapid and complete reviews of injuries.
The Top 3 Types of Trauma Cases
The top three categories trauma cases treated by CUMC are: #1 falls (29%); #2 motor vehicle collisions (28%); and #3 gunshot wounds (7%). These top three categories make up 64% of annual trauma cases seen at CUMC. The other trauma (36%) is comprised of 25 categories.
The Trauma Team
Specialized critical care teams, led by intensivists and surgeons, staff our 25-bed tertiary-care intensive care unit. CUMC's operating room teams stand ready to provide rapid damage-control surgery to improve survivability. Our critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and other team members all are dedicated to ensuring superior care using evidence-based practices. Our Trauma Team consists of:
- Board-certified surgeons
- Emergency medicine physicians
- Emergency department nurses
- Ancillary staff
- On-call specialists
Two highly skilled nurse practitioners in general surgery trauma work with patients from the trauma bay to surgery, recovery, discharge and follow up visits.
CUMC and St. Elizabeth Hospital Burn Center Partnership
Creighton University Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital are both part of the faith-based Catholic Health Initiatives family that includes 87 hospitals in 18 states with three academic medical centers. This partnership ensures seamless transfers of patients between the two hospitals.
This continuum of care extends to other CHI facilities. After acute care has been provided, Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, including: brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, amputation and major orthopedic trauma and physical, occupational, speech therapy if needed. Alegent Creighton Health at Home provides complete home care services.
CUMC- Excelling in More Than Trauma Care
Giving Back to the Community
CUMC Trama Center maintains an excellent relationships with Emergency Medical Services. The Trauma service provides free, ongoing training to EMS professionals through their Tuesday Trauma Grand Rounds lecture series, which addresses different aspects of trauma. We also co-sponsor the Annual Trauma Conference. Alegent Creighton Health offers continuing education presentations for emergency medical personnel. Most offer CEUs.
A New Home for Trauma Service
The Trauma service will relocate to new state-of-the-art trauma center on Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center campus in July, 2016.The new home will focus on telehealth, with state-of-the-art telehealth suites at the new trauma center location.