Why are patients transported from Firelands when they suffer serious injuries?
However, there are times when trauma patients are transferred out of the community. Approximately 17 percent of trauma patients are actually transferred from Firelands to a larger trauma center.
Trauma transfers may occur for various reasons. Severity of injury is only one of those reasons. When determining where the patient would best be served other factors are taken into consideration such as:
• Mechanism of injury (how the injury occurred).
• Complicating factors such as a prolonged extrication time (how long it took to remove the individual from the scene).
• Chemical exposure.
• The city of residence for patients who may need follow-up care and family participation.
The treating physician makes the decision based on their evaluation of the patient and the surrounding circumstances, including the observations of first responders at the scene.