“The care provided to my father by the staff in the emergency department was outstanding.” J.S., 2004
The Middle Park Medical Center Emergency Department was the State of Colorado’s first Level IV Trauma Center. The Trauma Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and sees all types of emergency care patients. Our skilled Trauma Team is ready day and night.
- Level IV Trauma Center (Kremmling & Granby)
- Air medical and ground transportation available
- Air transportation is most often from Flight For Life and ground transportation is from Grand County EMS
Know the ABC’s of emergency first aid (an article published by Middle Park Medical Center)
Instructions for controlling bleeding now recommend applying direct pressure firmly over the bleeding area until bleeding stops or emergency personnel arrive. Previous instructions included a combination of direct pressure plus elevation and use of pressure points. “An often-made mistake is people don’t put enough pressure,” says Kotas. “Push down with quite a bit of force to help the cut or laceration start clotting up. Base your pressure on the size of the person.”
Accident victims are often in shock — not an emotional reaction but a medical condition in which the circulatory system shuts down, slowing blood flow to the upper body. The person in shock is likely to be cold and shivering with labored breathing and a rapid heart rate. He or she may also be disoriented, panicky and aggressive. Treatment involves calming the person and seeing that he is kept warm and in a prone position with legs elevated. Kotas recommends that you continue talking to them, be calming, and tell them help is on the way. Also, put a blanket or a coat on top of them.
Concussions are common in youth sports; they usually involve a blow to the head, but there need not be loss of consciousness. The most common symptoms are confusion, loss of memory of the impact that caused the concussion, headache, ringing in the ears, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, slurred speech and fatigue. Some symptoms may not appear until hours or days later.
Notice if they’ve lost consciousness. Are they alert and aware to what is going on? Ask them their name and ask if they know where they are. Are they repeatedly asking the same questions? This might be indicative of some sort of head or brain trauma. If a general bystander thinks the person has a concussion, make sure they are held still and keep them from moving around.
There are some things you should be careful NOT to do in a first aid situation:
• Don’t rush to move a person until you know for sure that there is no risk of a neck or spinal cord injury. The exception, of course, is removing a person from immediate danger, such as drowning or burning.
• Don’t remove a knife or any other deeply embedded object.
• Don’t touch a person who is still in contact with live electrical current; you could become the second victim. See that the appliance is unplugged or that power is shut off at the source. If that is impossible, a broom handle, stick or anything that does not conduct electricity might be used to separate the person from the current
Broken bones, heat exhaustion, snake bites, fainting, seizures, low blood sugar, heart attacks, stroke–these are just a few of the occasions requiring urgent medical attention. Assess the situation calmly, call 911 and offer whatever assistance or comfort you can while medical help is on its way.
“Don’t underestimate the impact you can have on helping people,” said Kotas. “What you do to help in the first few minutes can make a big impact on the outcome of the patient.”