Trauma Program Releases Report
Media Contact: Melissa Hounshell, 859-323-6363, ex: 256
LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 1, 2008) - More than 2,800 trauma patients were treated at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital last year. Motor vehicle crashes accounted for 1,148 of those trauma patients. Despite a statewide mandatory seatbelt law, 566 of those victims were unrestrained. The statistics are part of the trauma program's 2007 annual report.
UK Chandler Hospital is one of only two level I trauma centers serving the needs of Kentuckians. UK offers level I trauma services to pediatric and adult patients, and has dedicated medical directors for trauma care for both adults and children. Also recently opened, is the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, which caters to children in the emergency department.
"We always hate it when children are injured, but when that happens our team is ready. We are specially trained in surgical techniques and procedures to meet the unique challenges of pediatric patients," said Dr. Joseph Iocono, pediatric trauma medical director. Kentucky Children's Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the state which has a dedicated pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The PICU is where doctors and nurses care for the sickest pediatric patients.
Following vehicle collisions as top causes of injury are falls, with 515 patients treated last year in the trauma center. All-terrain vehicle crashes ranked third, with 207 patients treated.
"Every year, ATV crashes take lives in Kentucky. We see injuries frequently in our trauma center. This past year is no different. We can't stress safety enough to folks who choose to ride ATVs," said Dr. Andrew Bernard, UK trauma surgeon. Bernard and his colleagues have launched a first-ever study of its kind to analyze ATV safety, particularly in children. The comprehensive multi-year investigation will measure a number of physical and behavioral issues for pediatric ATV riders. The research began in June and continues at the Wenner Gren Biomedical Research Facility on the UK campus.
"We are extremely proud of the extensive work we do daily to treat patients and save lives in our trauma center. We are fully committed to providing timely, high-quality and cost-effective care for patients from across Kentucky. But the message we want to emphasize is one of safety for all Kentuckians. Don't drink and drive, wear a seatbelt and proper safety gear," said Dr. Paul Kearney, chief of trauma and critical care.
View the 2007 Trauma Program Annual Report > (PDF, 1.2 MB)
The reporting period for the trauma program is July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.