|Texas Health HEB Unveils Emergency Department Improvements
BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford today unveiled the first phase of a major renovation of its emergency department (ED). The $5 million renovation project is scheduled to be completed by mid-fall. MORE
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is the only emergency department in Tarrant County to receive Level III trauma center designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Emergency physicians and highly trained nurses with advanced trauma certifications are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Level III designation is awarded to hospitals that meet a high level of 24-hour trauma emergency, operative and critical care services. The designation assures the community that Texas Health HEB is equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering from life-threatening injuries or arrange for transfer to a higher-level trauma-designated facility if needed.
- To achieve the designation, Texas Health HEB had to demonstrate the following capabilities:
- Provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency surgery and stabilization
- Must have transfer agreements with a higher-level facility when necessary (Level I or II)
- Maintain continuous general surgery coverage
- Standardized treatment protocols to plan for care of injured trauma patients
In addition, the hospital demonstrated established injury prevention and control programs, outreach activities to the local community, and education programs for nurses, physicians, and allied health care workers involved with trauma care. Community programs include Matter of Balance, for fall prevention; Safe Sitter, for babysitter training; and car seat safety checks.
Leading up to the designation, Texas Health HEB had already implemented crucial trauma-related components to treat falls, motor vehicle accidents and assaults, including placing trauma and orthopedic surgeons on call 24/7; having specially trained emergency medicine physicians on the medical staff; and hiring a trauma coordinator.
Texas Health HEB’s trauma program is a critical component of the hospital’s emergency services. The hospital’s emergency department cares for more than 60,000 patients annually.