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Hackensack University Medical Center Verified as Level 1 Trauma Center

Hackensack University Medical Center

What You Need to Know

The trauma center at Hackensack University Medical Center has been verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of  the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).   

Hackensack University Medical Center’s Trauma Center provides the highest level of trauma care to critically ill or injured patients and successfully treats an impressively high volume including the following for 2020:
– A total of 2,908 total trauma patients  
– Orthopedic trauma surgeons treated 829 patients
– Trauma neurosurgeons treated 496 patients
– A total of 159 pediatric trauma cases
– 259 trauma transfers from neighboring hospitals
– With 16 patients arriving Medial Air Ambulance Service

About the Committee on Trauma’s Review Process

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 prehospital 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.  

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT’s program including General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedics and Pediatrics. Each  category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of  verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by  a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care  of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey. 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.