Designated as a Regional Trauma center by the Wyoming Department of Health, Cheyenne Regional was the first hospital in Wyoming verified as a Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). A Regional Trauma Center must meet several distinct requirements, including essential staff and equipment. Staff must be available in the emergency department, surgery, respiratory therapy, radiology, critical care, nursing, pastoral care and rehabilitation.
Having healthcare experts ready to treat patients 24/7 is everything when a loved one is injured.
The ready – set – go action is set in motion by Trauma Respond, a call that indicates a serious traumatic injury. Everyone is rushing, from the first responders wheeling the patient through the doors to nurses and emergency physicians evaluating injuries. From anesthetists and operating staff standing by to surgeons who mend injured bodies – a quick, but thorough evaluation is done with the goal of decreasing the long-term consequences associated with trauma.
To facilitate rapid transfer, we have:
- A rooftop helistop
- A high-speed elevator designated to transport trauma patients for access to surgery
- Intensive care, cardiac services and the emergency department.
Trauma is the number one cause of injury, mostly due to unrestrained drivers and passengers in motor-vehicle crashes. The first line of defense is injury prevention. Our community outreach program includes identifying intersections where high-injury motor vehicle crashes frequently occur.
Also, Cheyenne Regional sponsors the Annual Wyoming Trauma Conference and the Annual Laramie County Trauma Conference, in which we educate nurses, paramedics and other emergency personnel about trauma treatment. Our trauma center offers public education about injury prevention and actively lobbies for stronger seatbelt laws.