OUR TRAUMA PROGRAM SHINES IN HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORT: Top-Quality Care Recognized
Trauma care at Stony Brook University Medical Center — to which the Department's specialists in trauma/surgical critical care contribute — received great performance scores in the latest New York State trauma system report for saving lives, demonstrating low mortality rates.
This report, published in December 2006, was developed by the New York State Department of Health, State Trauma Advisory Committee, and SUNY Albany School of Public Health.
As the only regional (Level 1) trauma center in Suffolk County, Stony Brook treats the sickest patients. This county has one of the highest rates in the state for seriously injured patients to be treated in trauma centers.
Previous studies have shown that patients transferred from one hospital to another with serious head injuries have particularly poor outcomes. Yet the state's trauma report shows our results are better than average, even with a large number of our patients coming in as transfers from other hospitals.
Two types of mortality were examined for the trauma report: inpatient mortality and in-hospital mortality (inpatient mortality or death in the emergency department).
Stony Brook's inpatient and in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rates were both lower than the statewide average (z-score, −0.38 and −0.31, respectively; z-score reveals how many units of the statistical standard deviation a case is above or below the average).
The state's trauma report uses data from the New York State Trauma Registry supplied by all trauma centers statewide. The report details the mortality results by region, by level of hospital (regional trauma center or area trauma center), and by mechanism of injury.
Stony Brook's excellent outcomes are the result of a multidisciplinary team working together toward the goal of providing the best comprehensive care to seriously injured patients.
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