ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The trauma center at the University of New Mexico has been verified as a Level I (Adult and Pediatric) Trauma Center by the Committee of Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

"As the state's sole Level ITrauma center, we consider providing trauma care to all New Mexicans to be one of our most important mission," said Paul Roth, M.D., Vice President for Health Sciences. "This recertification is validation of the excellent job provided by our surgeons through our trauma program and it allows us to continue providing this critical service to everyone within the state."

The COT, a standing committee of the ACS, works to improve all phases of the management of the injured patient and to prevent additional injuries before they occur.

The COT's Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

There are four separate categories of verification in the COT's program (Level !, II, III and IV), each with criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. An on-site review of the hospital is then conducted by a team of surgeons experienced in the field of trauma, who use the currentResources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patientmanual as a guide in conducting the survey.

University Hospital is the tertiary referral center for the state of New Mexico and the surrounding area, and is also the state's only level-1 trauma center.


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