As of last week, Thayer County Health Services is now trauma certified.
Being trauma certified means the nurses will receive more trauma education and will have to take classes to keep up-to-date.
“It’s better quality care,” said Ranae Vorderstrasse, the trauma nurse coordinator. “If you have all the extra information, you have better service, better care and better treatment.”
Trauma is physical wounding that can occur from falls, vehicle accidents, drownings, stabbings, gunshot wounds and more.
“It’s anything from a broken hip to a car accident,” said Vorderstrasse.
To become trauma certified, the hospital had to go through a check list in order to submit an application to the state. They had to make sure their staff had participated in certain education activities.
Last December, the state surveyed the hospital and offered suggestions to improve.
They returned in August and interviewed hospital staff.
They consulted with a committee and rewarded TCHS with a letter of certification last week.