Kauai has first-class trauma center
As a retired trauma surgeon at Wilcox I thought I should add to your article about the horrible crash recently on Maluhia Road.
I was in the hospital for a meeting when the five victims came in on Friday night. I went down to the ER to see if I could help and I was overwhelmed by the response of the ER physicians, nurses and OR staff. While normally only one of the four trauma surgeons is on call, three of them were there working. Also, three anesthesiologists and two orthopedic surgeons.
It always bothers me when it says that the patients were flown to Queen’s trauma center without mentioning what was done at our own Wilcox Trauma Center to stabilize them before they are able to tolerate the hour and a half trip to Honolulu. Massive blood transfusions, chest tubes, breathing machines, and even major abdominal surgery (as one of these patients had) are frequently necessary.
Kauai is very fortunate to have the level of commitment needed to have a first-class trauma center, and everyone from nurses to doctors to administration should get credit for that.
Christopher Jordan MD, Retired Wilcox Medical Center trauma surgeon