Tufts Medical Center’s Trauma Center has recently been re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Led by Chief of Trauma Surgery Horacio Hojman, MD, FACS, the Tufts MC Trauma Surgery team worked closely with colleagues across the medical center including Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology and Medicine in order to successfully meet the reverification requirements. We also partnered with area hospitals and continued to build upon our successful relationship with local Emergency Medical Services providers like Boston EMS.
“We are proud to once again be recognized for the exceptional trauma services that we provide to residents throughout New England,” Dr. Hojman said. “The re-verification of our Level I Trauma Center was the result of an exceptional team effort from individuals from multiple disciplines, all of them highly committed to provide the best trauma care in Massachusetts.”
What is the consultation/verification program?
Established by the ACS Committee on Trauma in 1987, the consultation/verification program is designed to evaluate and certify trauma centers that provide all the resources needed to address the needs of all injured patients.
How does a hospital receive verification?
The level of verification is requested by the hospital. An on-site review of the hospital is then conducted by a team of experts in Trauma Surgery, following very strict guidelines determined by the American College of Surgeons.
How many categories of verification are there?
There are five separate categories of verification in the Committee on Trauma Program with Level 1 being the highest. Tufts Medical Center is a Level I adult Trauma Center and the Tufts Children's Hospital is a Level I pediatric Trauma Center.