Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla., was designated as a full Level 2 Trauma Center by the Florida Department of Health. The award marks the end of a year of provisional status, according to a news release.
The trauma program development is part of an agreement between the Hospital Corp. of America Florida and the University of South Florida Health. The partnership supports local trauma services through affiliation with a major academic university and medical school, the news release stated.
Trauma is the leading cause of death among Florida residents ages 1-44, according to the release. The accidental drowning death rate among children ages 1-4 is the highest in the U.S. Falls are the leading cause of death among Florida residents age 65 and older. When serious trauma injuries occur, rapid transport, prompt treatment and early rehabilitation of the trauma victim reduces mortality, physical injury and financial cost. Floridas trauma centers have reduced state trauma mortality from 6.8% in 2004 to 4.9% in 2010, according to the release.
“This full designation allows critically injured patients to have access to treatment in the ‘golden hour, which is the first hour after serious injury in which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical attention will prevent death,” Scott Norwood, MD, medical director of RMCBPs trauma program said in the release.