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Every year some 38,000 people are involved in accidents in road traffic, at work or during leisure activities and suffer life-threatening multiple injuries known as polytrauma as a result. Approximately 20,000 of these individual die at the site of the accident.

The first hour following the accident, the "golden hour of shock", is often the deciding factor in whether the person lives or dies. The time interval between injury and admission to a hospital is approximately 72 minutes on average, a period during which many polytrauma patients succumb to their injuries.

Why Is this the Case?

This is normally due to the fact that a hospital is either too far away from the accident site or is inadequately prepared for treatment of the very seriously injured, meaning that  the rescue service has to drive to a second hospital.

Due to this fact, the German Society for Trauma Surgery recommended years ago that trauma networks be set up. The aim of such networks is to ensure rapid and comprehensive treatment of very severely injured patients with the utmost standard of care at any time of the day or night. These networks are still being established in Germany.

Following the establishment of the Düsseldorf Trauma Network, a trauma network is now also being established in the Aachen city region and surrounding district, with the St.-Antonius-Hospital making an essential contribution as a regional trauma centre. Having been recognised as a "regional trauma centre in the TraumaNetzwerk® EURegio Aachen", the St.-Antonius-Hospital in Eschweiler has sent out a clear signal of intent for regional medical treatment of the very severely injured. In doing so, the leading specialist departments of the hospital, namely the Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery and the Clinic for Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Medicine, have accepted the interdisciplinary challenge of meeting all of the structural and medical criteria of a regional trauma centre within the TraumaNetzwerk® EURegio Aachen as specified by the German Society for Trauma Surgery.

Concentrated Areas of Expertise, Strict Quality Criteria and 24-Hour Availability

All of the clinics that have joined together to form the TraumaNetzwerk® EURegio Aachen have cooperated to establish criteria that can be used to determine whether a patient can be treated at his/her local hospital or whether transport to a regional or supraregional centre is required. In addition to having the very latest equipment, for example rapid digital communication of x-ray images, and the guarantee of a predetermined professional medical standard, the clinics involved are also committed to developing standardised treatment criteria and participating in specific further and advanced training programmes.

Setting the Course for the Best Possible Treatment

"With ATLS, which is internationally known as Advanced Trauma Life Support, we use a worldwide training concept that teaches priority-oriented emergency room management of trauma patients. This involves assessing the trauma patient's situation both promptly and precisely in order to rapidly decide on the patient's further treatment based on predetermined criteria. This further treatment may take place either in a basic treatment clinic, for example the nearest local trauma centre, or, depending on the patient's condition, in a regional trauma centre such as the St.-Antonius-Hospital or even in a supra-regional trauma centre", explains Senior Physician Dr med. Oliver Heiber, before going on  to state that: "The St.-Antonius-Hospital provided the ideal prerequisites for a regional trauma centre thanks to its specialised care structure.”

Alongside the hospital's own landing site for the rescue helicopter and the emergency room in the surgical emergency centre, our institution not only has the very latest diagnostic systems at its disposal but also an interdisciplinary intensive care ward with an attached cardiological emergency aid unit, the Chest Pain Unit.

With 8 general surgeons, 18 specialists in anaesthesia and intensive medicine and 11 trauma surgeons, we always have specialists available to help. Additional specialists from the fields of urology, vascular surgery, gynaecology and the Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery can also be called upon when needed.

A contractual arrangement exists with the Aachen University Clinic for neurosurgical treatment of very severely injured patients. As the maximum care institution, the University Clinic assumes the role of the supra-regional trauma centre in the “TraumaNetzwerk® EURegio Aachen”.

The clinics involved in the TraumaNetzwerk® EURegio Aachen not only undertake to comply with the stipulated quality standards in the treatment of patients with very severe injuries and multiple injuries, but have also initiated a continuous improvement process through the work of their trauma network. This includes, alongside the care structures and further training measures already mentioned, joint case discussions, quality circles and a voluntary commitment to documentation of treatment in the German Trauma Register. Regular auditing and re-auditing is also carried out by external expert reviewers from the German Society for Trauma Surgery.

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St.-Antonius-Hospital

Academic teaching hospital of the RWTH technical university, Aachen

Regional Trauma Centre

(Regionales Traumazentrum)

 

Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler

+49 2402 - 76-1807

 
St.-Antonius-Hospital Eschweiler
Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler
tel.: 02403 76 - 0
fax: 02403 76 -1119