Regional West Medical Center
4021 Avenue B
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361
Trauma is defined as a major, single or multi-system injury that requires immediate medical or surgical intervention to prevent death or disability. Trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States in individuals less than 44 years of age and is the fourth leading cause of death in individuals of all age groups.
Due to geographic restraints and dense population sizes, trauma poses unique challenges for those living in rural areas and the health care providers charged with serving them.
Two-thirds of all highway traffic deaths occur in rural settings. For any given injury of severity, the chances of dying in the rural environment are greater than in urban settings. It is for these reasons that Regional West, in partnership with many other communities across the panhandle, has chosen to prioritize and bolster the development of trauma services in western Nebraska, creating a seamless process from the incident site through rehabilitation.
Regional West is a Level II Trauma Center as verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and designated by the State of Nebraska Health and Human Services department. Regional West trauma services consists of an interdisciplinary team led by a trauma medical director, coordinated by a trauma program nurse manager and supported by an emergency training coordinator, trauma registrar & performance coordinator, injury prevention coordinator and trauma project specialist.
Regional West trauma services is committed to supporting the region as the lead Level II Trauma Center in Nebraska's Region 4. Support includes outreach and consultation in the development of surrounding trauma systems including pre-hospital training, education, performance improvement and prevention activities. To complete the continuum, trauma services works closely with the region's pre-hospital services including volunteer basic life support services, ambulance services and the Air Link flight service.
The Regional West Trauma Center features two dedicated trauma rooms in the emergency department, eight operating rooms and a 14-bed critical intensive care unit, each equipped with cutting-edge technology. The 24-hour radiology department features two helical CT scanners (one a single slice, the other a 16-slice), MRI, ultrasound and angiography suite. To ensure a complete continuum of care for all trauma patients, Regional West also offers intensive inpatient rehabilitation services complete with specialists in the area of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
In addition to treating trauma patients, the Regional West Trauma Center places strong emphasis on continuing education and community education for both clinical and non-clinical persons. Injury prevention also serves as a vital link. The trauma registry is an electronic data base that details patient injuries and outcomes. Using this information, medical professionals and support services can regularly monitor and improve the trauma system, building a program that is unmatched in the region.