National society rates MUSC trauma center

Staff Report
Published Jan. 31, 2012

The American College of Surgeons rated the Medical University of South Carolina as a Level 1 Trauma Center, making MUSC the first hospital in the state to receive the college’s highest rating.

“Achieving this recognition required total commitment from the entire hospital,” said Dr. Bruce Crookes, an MUSC associate professor and trauma medical director, in a news release. “And it means our patients can expect the highest level of care available at any time, day or night.”

The American College of Surgeons designation differs from the status given by South Carolina, which is responsible for designating a trauma center. The college, instead, verifies the trauma center’s resources based on the book, Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient.

MUSC is already certified as a Level 1 trauma center by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

A trauma surgeon leads MUSC’s trauma center, which treats about 2,100 trauma patients each year. Physicians in more than 10 specialties are available to the trauma patients.

A New England Journal of Medicine study found Level 1 trauma centers lower the risk of death for severely injured patients by 25%, according to the release.

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