Dec 20, 2013

Why are patients transported from Firelands when they suffer serious injuries?

With all of the services that Firelands Regional Medical Center offers, why do we read in accident reports where folks are transported there and seems like they are then transferred to Toledo or Cleveland hospitals afterwards? Rod in Huron
Firelands Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Leslie Mesenburg provided the following response:
Firelands Regional Medical Center is a verified Level III Trauma Center. As a verified Level III Trauma Center, Firelands can provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations and stabilization of the trauma patient and can provide care throughout recovery for the majority of trauma patients.

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.


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With the issues I've had with them in the past, I would request to get transfered from there with the smallest injury, hang nail, a sprain, a small cut, gas issues, soar throat, ingrown nose hair.....


Well, if the reasons you listed are why you are visiting an emergency room then therein lies the problem. You would best be served seeing your family doctor or an urgent care.


KD, I think whatthe should visit your house when he has the gas issue- its the only logical response to your stupid post.


^^pot meet kettle^^


King / knuckle , let's all be nice,.. Knuck, I went to the hospital for months for a very extreme pain i was having and the emergency room told me it was just acid reflux, finally the pain got so bad one morning I went back and he told me the same thing I told him that there is definitely something wrong, and he told me if it would make me feel better he would run one more test which half way through the test he wheeled me back to the emergency room and inserted tubes iv's and told me that I need to have emergency surgery right now, and I asked the emergency room doctor what would have happened if I woulda went home again and he told me that I would have ended up back at the hospital because I couldn't take the pain anymore, and I told him that's why I was there in the first place, and thank God I did cause now I can chat with Knucks, the king and others


my husband is having the same symptoms you just stated, what exactly did you have????? We are not in ohio at present time and don't want to try and go to hospitals in the area we are in.


Whatthe- alright alright! Just having a little fun. Enjoy the dialog too... Have a good one today.


You too king ! Have a great Holiday Season !!


You too king ! Have a great Holiday Season !!


Rod in Huron, you live in a small town, with a small town hospital. There are times when a small town hospital won't do. It's that simple.
There are injuries and problems that require the attention of specialists who are stars in their chosen field, whose services would not be required often enough for them to make a living in a small town.


It's not that great of a hospital.. People are misdiagnose there all the time end up going home and dying, or wait.. being treated for the flu only to drop dead in the exit of the emergency room as they are being discharged. People if you can make it to Toledo or Cleveland I would highly recommend it !!!!!!


That was my point earlier lug. I once had to get a few stitches in my hand, the lady giving me stitches had a stethoscope hanging around her neck hitting my wrist dangling right on top of my thumb, I asked her if it was necessary to have that around her neck and she said " oh yeah duh" !!! A few seconds later the stitch she was working on came completely undone, she looked me right in the eye and said..." Can I have a do over ?" I'm not going to lie,, I bowed my head and said a quick prayer


Whatthe: you should have requested to be transferred to Rampart Emergency and given an I V with D5W, nurse Dixie would have taken care of you!


Holy cr@p fender that is hilarious !! I used to love that show, I was kinda young but loved it !! Not positive but, wasn't that like "squad 51 squad 51....." Might be getting something else mixed up, but great show !!!


Took my husband there with chest pains. He was sent home where he had a heart attack. He had to have by pass surgery but it sure wasn't done at Firelands. God help you if you ever get that woman doctor in the ER.


Because no matter how they try to copy the big great hospitals ie: Cleveland Clinic, UH, they SUCK.


There are plenty of fine doctors there, but not for major trauma. There's just not enough work in Sandusky for trauma specialists - not enough people get shot, although if the city government keeps catering to the same element, perpetuating certain trends, that may change.


bad experience at Firelands, after writing down that I have a terrible reaction to demerol, [disorientated, nauseous , vomiting, headache, dizzy] After being reassured by the surgical nurse that I would not be given it, back in my room ,guess what, Demerol ,in my disoriented state I tried to tell my nurse , instead I was rushed down for tests to see if I was having a stroke, no apologies, just excuses. Don't they communicate with each other over there. Also a nurse inserted my I.V. without gloves or alcohol swabbing. RUN


I could go on and on.... I once needed to get an I.V. and always been told I had big vein's ( I know there is a joke in there somewhere ) had 3 different people try to get it administered,poking the living daylights out of meme.. finally while laying down on the cot/bed I had to put my arm up over my head and they finally got it close to my armpit !!! A Dr. came in shortly after, looked at me and said " what the #ell are they doing to you , told him I had no idea, they called somebody from a different floor, she came in and got it on the first try down on the top of my hand no problem