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Queen's Medical Center gains level one trauma rating

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Queen’s Medical Center routinely runs drills of all kinds, but it just recently completed an active shooter case.

"CODE TRIAGE" is something that a hospital trains for, though many hope will never happen.

But coming off of the mass shooting in Los Vegas, for Queen's ER staff, their trauma training is now top of mind.

"It's different disasters situations .You have the natural disasters like the hurricanes, and they did focus on the "active shooter" a couple of months ago," said Queen’s Trauma Program Manger Jill Slade.

Around that time, came a review by a team from the American College of Surgeons.

"The ACS  looked at our operations and said you actually meet the levels of a level one trauma center,” said Trauma Medical Director Michael Hiyashi.

It was a two-year process. The hospital raised the bar up from a level two.

It has a lot to do with additional research and training not just clinical care.

"It's more important for the general public that they have this external validation that if they go to Queens they will get the highest level of care," said Hiyashi.

Queen's ER staff deals with close to 200 cases a day. That works out to about 65,000 emergency, and 2,600 trauma cases a year.

According to Hiyashi, Tripler is working toward level two certification and Pali Momi is at a level three, along with Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. 

"Level ones have to have a certain threshold to meet. How many critically ill patients are you taking care of. The national threshold is 240 for severely injured patients. We have more than that at Queen's," Hiyashi said. 

Hiyashi also said much credit is due to the city's  Emergency Medical Services, Honolulu's first responders.

"It's a proud day for Queen's. It’s a proud day for Hawaii It's something we can all share definitely," Hiyashi said.

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