LVH-Hazleton’s New Level IV Trauma Center Designation Brings a Higher Level of Care

HazeYesterday Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton celebrated its official designation as a Level IV Trauma Center. The story below from the November-December issue of Healthy You Hazleton explains what this level of trauma care means for people in the Greater Hazleton area.

Consider this scenario: You’re brought to LVH–Hazleton complaining of a headache and abdominal pain following a car accident on I-81. There are no visible signs of injury, yet the mix of circumstances and symptoms could signify major problems such as internal bleeding.

Doctors recognize the potential for serious injury, see you immediately, organize services to your bedside including an ultrasound, find blood in your stomach, identify your need for a higher level of care, put you on a helicopter and transfer you to LVH–Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township – all within 45 minutes. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton Accredited as a Level IV Trauma Center

HazletonLevel IV Trauma Center Accreditation status has been granted to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton  by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) effective Nov. 1, 2015.

The PTSF is a non-profit corporation recognized by the Emergency Medical Services Act (Act 1985-45). The PTSF is the organization responsible for accrediting trauma centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read More »

Riding Your ATV This Weekend? Then Do This First.

ATVSummer is a great time to hop on your all-terrain vehicle (ATV), blaze the trails and enjoy nature. Yet ATVs also can be very dangerous vehicles that, in an accident, may cause injury or, at worse, death. In fact, Pennsylvania leads the nation in the total number of deaths in ATV accidents.

So if you’re riding your ATV this weekend, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton’s trauma service reminds you to do this: wear a helmet. Studies show that doing so can reduce your risk for head injury in crashes by up to 85 percent. Read More »

Share Your Story, Find Hope Through Support Groups

HYT65Every life is bound to include its share of difficult times, and some of those can be overwhelming. Health issues, emotional problems, trying personal situations – managing them can be a challenge. Each one can make you feel like you’re alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Support groups present the opportunity to share perspective with people facing situations similar to yours. What they have to say may be a source of comfort and therapy for you. What you have to say may offer the same for them. Read More »

Heads Up for Winter

It's snow fun to slip-n-slideAs you and your friends or family head out to enjoy activities during the winter season, it’s important to use your head – or more specifically, protect it. That’s the message Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) trauma and critical care surgeon Rovinder (Bob) Sandhu, MD, with Surgical Specialists of the Lehigh Valley – Allentown, wants to share. “In my line of work, I care for patients who have suffered some type of catastrophic injury,” he says. “While we can help restore many people to ‘near normal’ after they’ve sustained a serious injury, one of the most troubling injuries we encounter is a head injury.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In 2010 alone, 2.2 million people nationwide sought emergency care for TBI. This type of injury includes bumps, jolts or blows to the head or an injury that penetrates the skull. While TBI symptoms may eventually go away, this type of injury also may cause long-term damage, including memory or thinking impairment, personality change, or loss of vision or hearing.

Falling is the leading cause of head injuries. “Nationwide, falls are responsible for more than 40 percent of TBI emergencies, a rate of injury we also see here,” Sandhu says.

While falls are a year-round problem, during the winter you may encounter situations that put you at higher risk for a fall – and that’s where your advance awareness and preparation comes into play. Read More »