PLANS for a new Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace

Trauma centre for Terrace, B.C. would vastly increase medical services

Need for trauma centre identified as far back as 2008

  • Mar. 7, 2017 5:00 a.m.

FROM the very beginning when lobbying began years ago for a new Mills Memorial Hospital, elevating its trauma services has been part and parcel with the need for a new physical structure.

And in the world of national health care standards, what’s wanted for a new Mills is to have it classified as a Level III trauma centre.

“The new hospital would be a trauma centre. One project, one building, with the services necessary for the hospital to be accredited as a trauma centre,” said a key regional health care figure, North West Regional Hospital District chair Harry Nyce last week.

“The closest trauma centre is currently in Prince George resulting in time delays for patients to receive higher level care,” he continued.

“The need was identified many years ago formally in a trauma study completed in 2008.”

The trauma centre designation means a level of services for not only current needs but to handle the growth in population and health care requirements should contemplated large-scale industrial developments take hold.

Based on information provided by the Northern Health Authority, a Level III trauma centre would typically have the following service levels:

– General surgery 24/7 coverage within 20 minutes

– In-house advanced airway intervention to either prevent airway obstructions or to relieve it at all times (an emergency room physician must remain in-house 24/7)

– Orthopedic surgery 24/7 within 30 minutes

– Anesthesia 24/7 coverage within 20 minutes

– Radiology available on call 24/7 with a 30 minute response time

– Intensive care unit with closed ICU model

– Internal medicine coverage 24/7

– Dedicated chief emergency department physician

– Emergency department physician in-house 24/7

– Trauma team activation process for all major trauma patients

– Blood bank available on site 24/7

– Immediate plain film radiology in-house 24/7

– Ultrasonography 24/7 coverage within 30 minutes

– Immediate CT 24/7 coverage within 30 minutes OR nursing staff call back within 30 minutes for immediate surgery

– Medical director for ICU

– Dedicated allied health professionals (i.e. respiratory therapists, pharmacists, occupational and physical therapy, dietary, social worker)

Mills Memorial now has portions of the above services but significant additions would be needed to fit these Level III requirements.

At the moment, the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George is the only hospital to have a Level III designation.

Rigorous evaluations, including site visits, to meet standards are handled through a national organization called Accreditation Canada.

For his part, provincial finance minister Mike de Jong, in Terrace Feb. 28 to announce that a new Mills would be built, spoke of one service at Mills that’s no longer in place.

“I may go out on a limb here, but we want to have a [helicopter] landing pad that works,” he said.

The helipad at Mills was taken out of service in late 2010 when the Northern Health Authority cited the expense, then at $150,000, of bringing it up to date. Helicopter-borne patients are now flown to the airport where a waiting ambulance then transfers them to Mills.

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Horgan makes campaign stop in Terrace and Kitimat

BC NDP leader met with local First Nations leaders, reiterated campaign promises

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

‘Monkey Beach’ supernatural film adaptation premiers at VIFF

Based on Kitamaat author Eden Robinson’s debut, mystical novel

COVID-19 cases grow to 13 at B.C. First Nation near Fort St. James

“This is very serious,” says Nak’azdli Whut’en Chief

Ecosocialists nominate candidate for Stikine

Edward Quinlan is the new party’s regional director for Skeena and Bulkley Valley regions

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Money laundering inquiry delayed over of B.C. election: commissioner

Austin Cullen says the hearings will start again on Oct. 26

Most Read