By Steve Gamel | photos by Amber Boykin Photography
No one wants to think about the possibility of themselves or a family member one day being rushed to the closest trauma center for help with a critical and possibly life-threatening injury. Images of physicians, nurses, and medical staff quickly flooding a hospital room to save someone’s life after a vehicle collision, significant fall, or another traumatic event should only play out on television — not in real life. But the reality is that these dramatic scenarios happen in trauma centers and emergency rooms nationwide every day. The trauma center team at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — McKinney is one of those facilities charged with creating miracles, and they pray you never need them. But if you do, you can trust that they are ready to provide the expert quality of care you need locally when it matters most.
To prove its commitment to the community and further entrench itself as a leader in the healthcare industry, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — McKinney recently received a Level II designation for its trauma center from the American College of Surgeons and Department of State Health Services, making it one of only 27 Level II major trauma facilities in Texas and one of only three in Collin County.
BSW McKinney’s trauma medical director, Dr. Wade Dunlap, said the latest milestone demonstrates an incredible commitment from the physicians on the medical staff and the nurses and staff members to elevate the quality of care at the hospital. Furthermore, it solidifies and doubles down on the hospital’s commitment to treating people where they live.
“McKinney is an area of significant growth, and the medical center is growing to meet those increased care needs,” Dr. Dunlap said. “This designation is the second highest you can receive, and it’s great for the physicians who practice here. It also shows the community that no matter what happens or how complex the trauma case may be, our in-house team is equipped to meet those needs.”
Advanced Trauma Care
A trauma center is a specialized hospital distinguished by the immediate availability of personnel, equipment, and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries. A few of the more common causes of trauma are significant falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, and shootings. More than 43,000 people visited the emergency department at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — McKinney over the past fiscal year alone, and many of these visits were trauma-related.
Having a Level II designation is significant because it requires emergency medicine physicians and nurses at the facility to have trauma-specific continuing education and certifications that assist in the stabilization and care of trauma patients. Trauma centers with a Level II designation can provide decisive care for traumatically injured patients with immediate coverage from various specialists.
Depending on the need and severity, this can include general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and critical care staff.
Every scenario and outcome are different, but Dr. Dunlap said he and the rest of BSW’s trauma center staff live for creating miracles. One recent example was a patient who was transported to the hospital after being injured in a car accident. The patient suffered a head injury and numerous facial fractures. The good news is that the patient woke up and is now doing significantly better.
“The standards are comprehensive. They want to know what kind of availability you have for providers, the nursing staff ratios, and your ability to clean and turn over instruments. They want you to demonstrate your abilities in the operating room, and trauma surgeons must be in-house and available 24-7, 365. It’s a long list. You must demonstrate all the things that come together to handle the most complex cases and care for people 24-7. Think of the most complicated trauma scenario —
that’s what we do.”
– Dr. Wade Dunlap
“The patient ultimately recovered, which was the best news considering the circumstances,” Dr. Dunlap said. “Stories like that play out in our trauma center every single day, and it makes you feel good when you can save a life. It’s a team approach — depending on the severity of the case, there could be 12-15 people in the room ready to go, from nurses and physicians to anesthesiologists, nurse techs, respiratory therapists, and more. We pray that no one ever needs us. But if they do, we are here.”
Where you receive care matters. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — McKinney is a Level II trauma center for a reason, and their team is backed by the breadth, depth, and sophistication of Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas’ largest not-for-profit healthcare system.
“We are excited to achieve the Level II trauma designation,” said Tim Bowen, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — McKinney. “I commend everyone, including our local EMS and first responders, who worked diligently to help achieve this Level II trauma designation. This furthers our mission and commitment to serve the community.”
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Common Reasons for Trauma Care
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Significant falls
- Assaults and shootings
- Serious burns
- Occupational accidents
- Sports injuries
- Natural disasters
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