NEWS: Friday April 9, 2010

Apr 9th @ 6:57 am in News by Scott Staley

Four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon in Olathe. Edward Pauls of Alta, Utah was headed southbound on Highway 50 and failed to stop at a red light, crashing into David Ellis of Olathe who had the right-of-way from 348.  The crash caused the cars to rotate and hit a third car, stopped at the red light on Highway 50.  Ellis sustained serious injuries while the rest of the occupants sustained minor to no injuries. The accident happened just before 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
Source: Colorado State Patrol   (Posted 6:57a)

On March 23, 2010, Montrose Memorial Hospital had a successful on-site Level III Trauma Center review by the State of Colorado. The reviewers noted no deficiencies and no items met with reservations at the review.  Since MMH met all of the criteria, MMH received an automatic recommendation from the Designation Review Committee to advance to a Level III Trauma Center.  Factors considered in the determination of the designation included the hospital’s application, the evaluation of the trauma care delivered over the past twelve months, the best interests of the trauma patients and how MMH integrates into the statewide emergency medical and trauma system.  MMH is the only Level III Trauma Center in this region.  Dr. Steve Sawyer, MMH Trauma Medical Director said “This designation recognizes the many improvements that we have been able to make over the past couple of years at MMH. It also demonstrates our commitment to this community to continually improve the care that we give. “

The difference between the previous Level IV Trauma designation and a Level III Trauma designation is significant.  Level III Centers must have Board Certified Emergency physicians in the emergency department at all times.  We must also have a general surgeon available within 20 minutes of a trauma notification, as well as orthopaedic surgeons.  A Level III quality assurance program is very extensive and a trauma committee oversees the care of every trauma patient that comes to our hospital.  As a Level III, we are also required to participate in injury prevention activities and community education to reduce the incidence of injuries.

The State Health Department and American College of Surgeons set the requirements for each designation level.  They also dictate which patients can be treated and which patients must be transferred to higher designated centers.  Pre-hospital (EMS) care is a vital part of this trauma system, which in this region includes ambulances and helicopters.  Having a statewide trauma system means that the patient is taken to a designated trauma center, assessed and treated or transferred to a higher level center with the appropriate medical staff to care for the patient.  The state-wide trauma systems began in the early 1970’s to assure a national standard of care for the injured patient.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:57a)

The Grand Junction Police Department wants to notify it’s residents about a sexually violent predator in their city that has moved to a new address. Carl Vincent Avery now resides at 550 South Avenue in Grand Junction. The 45-year-old African American is currently unemployed and has been convicted of Sexual Assault twice in Mesa County and Attempted Sexual Assault in Garfield County.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:56a)

A sheriff’s deputy in Lake County has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after he used a Taser to shock 30 students at a Leadville high school career fair. Lake County High School officials tell the Denver Post that the students asked the deputy to shock them so they knew what it felt like. Two students were treated for minor burns at a local hospital and released. Deputy John Ortega, who has been with the department since August 2008, was immediately suspended for one week without pay.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 6:55a)