Sample Emergency Room Coding
Anywhere Hospital USA is a Level 1 trauma Center. The patient will be brought in by ambulace or helicopeter and designated as a trauma prior to arrival. A medical record and account number is set up for them prior to arrival and they are all "Patient Doe # X." The Trauma level is established prior to arrival also and may be updated by the ER physicians . Once a patient has been deemed a trauma, they generally stay a trauma although their status may be changed after arrival. The trauma arrivals are announced over the intercom prior to the patient arriving at the ER. Trauma teams are activated and are ready for them when they arrive. Trauma centers receive patients with survivable injuries and those for whom death is an almost certainty. A primary cause of trauma arrivals is motorvehicle accidents
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Document Link: Trauma Statistics - Source CDC, updated February 2014
Video Link: Trauma 911 - The Golden Hour
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Website Administrators Note: They arrive by helicopter, they arrive via ambulance; sirens screaming as they approach the hospital. Sometimes they walk in and are critically ill. Other times, you are left to wonder why they are in the ER at all as their conditions are as mild as medication refills. Watch this video and get a glimpse of how serious a scenario a patient trauma can represent.
Video Link: Trauma Team Activation
Website Administrators Note: This video shows the members and flow of a trauma team activation. It is based on the team at a busy Level I Trauma. Listen to the discussion of the medical team. You as a skilled coder will comprehend the flow and treatments employed in life saving patient care.