Via Christi Hospital St. Francis Level 1 trauma center in Kansas
With more than 2,500 patients annually, Via Christi Hospital St. Francis operates the busiest trauma and emergency services department in the state. A verified Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, its advanced critical care services include the region's only burn center, state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery and one of the few dedicated neurocritical care units in the United States.
Emergency services are provided 24 hours a day by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nursing staff certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Via Christi Regional Burn Center treats adult and pediatric burn patients in a 12-bed, technologically advanced unit. Burn center nurses and therapists have advanced training and operate under the medical direction of trauma and wound specialists.
Critical Care Transport by ground or air (helicopter or fixed wing) can be arranged by referring hospitals, physicians and emergency management services through Via Christi Critical Care Dispatch in the Emergency Services Department. Via Christi maintains critical care transport teams that can be dispatched to pick up patients. Call 316-268-5044 or 800-353-3111 for details.
Trauma Intermediate Care Unit ensuring right care, right setting
Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, long the region’s leading trauma center, has a six-bed trauma intermediate care unit — allowing patients no longer needing intensive care but still needing close monitoring to move soon to a less restrictive and more family-friendly environment.
The unit allows new patients whose acuity doesn’t require placement in an ICU to receive closer monitoring than what is provided in the standard floor unit.
The beds have their own staffing plan, typically three patients per nurse, 24 hours a day. That’s more patients per nurse than in the ICU, but fewer than on the typical medical surgical unit — providing the right level of care in the most appropriate setting.
In addition, the private rooms dedicated for the unit already were equipped with lifts in the ceiling for use with patients with multiple fractures, lower extremity fractures and spinal cord injuries.