Surgery

UIHC Trauma Center verified as a Level I Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons

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On April 30th, 2012, the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), notified the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics that it has once again been verified as a Level I Trauma Center and as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The UIHC Trauma Center includes the Trauma and Surgical Critical Care service of the Division of Acute Care Surgery in the Deptartment of Surgery.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification 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 pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. More information about the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma can be found on the ACS website at www.facs.org/trauma.