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Skagit Regional Health Trauma System - Fast Facts

Jan 11, 2018, 14:55 PM
Paramedics taking patient to helicopter

Falls = #1 trauma

At both Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, the number one mechanism of injury for patients arriving at the Emergency Department is falls.

At Skagit, 46 percent of trauma cases involve falls, well more than the second place cause, motor vehicle collisions, at nearly 24 percent. For those going to the ER at Cascade, falls account for 54 percent of trauma patients.

Transferred to Harborview: From April 2015 through March 2016, a total of 162 patients were transferred from Skagit Valley Hospital’s Emergency Department to Harborview Medical Center, with 49 transported by air and 113 by ambulance. 61 of the patients were in need of neurosurgery and 46 experienced multisystem trauma, all requiring a higher level of care. 

2017 Emergency Department visits: 34,466 visits to the Skagit Valley Hospital Emergency Department; 19,818 visits to Cascade Valley Hospital Emergency Department. 

Stroke – Time is brain: For those suffering a stroke, the average time from a patient’s arrival at Skagit Valley Hospital to receiving clot-busting medication is 47 minutes in 2016, with a national standard of 60 minutes. Only a small number of patients are eligible for this therapy, which must be started within three hours of the onset of symptoms. Arriving in the ER as soon as possible is key for stroke patients.

Heart attack – Time is muscle: For patients suffering a heart attack, the “door to balloon” time at Skagit Valley Hospital for a patient to receive angioplasty to reopen clogged arteries, averages 57 minutes in 2016. The American Heart Association recommends 90 minutes or less. 

Injury prevention: Part of the trauma system is to educate the community on how to prevent injuries, such as teaching about wearing helmets while riding bicycles or motorcycles, proper use of car seats for infants and children and how to prevent falls.

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Skagit Regional Health Trauma System - Fast Facts

Jan 11, 2018, 14:55 PM
Paramedics taking patient to helicopter

Falls = #1 trauma

At both Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, the number one mechanism of injury for patients arriving at the Emergency Department is falls.

At Skagit, 46 percent of trauma cases involve falls, well more than the second place cause, motor vehicle collisions, at nearly 24 percent. For those going to the ER at Cascade, falls account for 54 percent of trauma patients.

Transferred to Harborview: From April 2015 through March 2016, a total of 162 patients were transferred from Skagit Valley Hospital’s Emergency Department to Harborview Medical Center, with 49 transported by air and 113 by ambulance. 61 of the patients were in need of neurosurgery and 46 experienced multisystem trauma, all requiring a higher level of care. 

2017 Emergency Department visits: 34,466 visits to the Skagit Valley Hospital Emergency Department; 19,818 visits to Cascade Valley Hospital Emergency Department. 

Stroke – Time is brain: For those suffering a stroke, the average time from a patient’s arrival at Skagit Valley Hospital to receiving clot-busting medication is 47 minutes in 2016, with a national standard of 60 minutes. Only a small number of patients are eligible for this therapy, which must be started within three hours of the onset of symptoms. Arriving in the ER as soon as possible is key for stroke patients.

Heart attack – Time is muscle: For patients suffering a heart attack, the “door to balloon” time at Skagit Valley Hospital for a patient to receive angioplasty to reopen clogged arteries, averages 57 minutes in 2016. The American Heart Association recommends 90 minutes or less. 

Injury prevention: Part of the trauma system is to educate the community on how to prevent injuries, such as teaching about wearing helmets while riding bicycles or motorcycles, proper use of car seats for infants and children and how to prevent falls.