Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Cleveland Clinic Akron General is an American College of Surgeons Verified Level I Trauma Center.
Emergencies are never planned. But when they do happen, patients at Cleveland Clinic Akron General are met by a responsive and caring staff of board-certified emergency physicians and other specially trained professionals – including nurses, technologists, social workers, and chaplains.
A Level I Trauma Center, as designated by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Akron General offers the technology, expertise and staffing to treat all injuries regardless of severity. Operating rooms, diagnostic services and trauma specialists are on-call 24-hours a day.
The trauma team includes:
- Pre-hospital providers
- Trauma surgeons
- Critical care intensivists
- Orthopedic, neurosurgical and cardiovascular surgeons
- Specially trained registered nurses
- Radiologists and radiology technologists
- Respiratory therapists
- Operating room personnel
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Social workers
- Spiritual care department
All emergencies are about recovery, but it's especially important to trauma victims. More severe injuries may require additional or specialized medical attention, now and in the future. Akron General provides patients with comprehensive care from the time of injury all the way to recovery. This includes treatment while admitted and after discharge, such as therapy and rehabilitation.
Experienced rehab specialists offer inpatient and outpatient physical and occupational therapy for all trauma needs – whether it's gaining mobility of the hands, improving speech and hearing, or getting back to everyday activities. Through Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital, Edwin Shaw, patients and their physicians also have access to a comprehensive, fully accredited hospital specializing in rehabilitation.
Akron General's main Emergency Department offers the PATH (Providing Access To Healing) Center to provide quality, trauma-informed, compassionate care to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse and neglect for Summit and surrounding counties, while also ensuring quality of evidence collection. The PATH Center is staffed by professionals trained in the systematic collection of evidence in an atmosphere of support and compassion.
Disaster Planning and HAZMAT Training
Highway crashes, severe weather, chemical spills and fires are just some of the disasters that can strike with little or no warning. Akron General works closely with other area hospitals, the Summit County Emergency Management Agency and local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical response agencies to prepare for all types of community wide disasters. Akron General is the hazardous materials (HAZMAT) medical control hospital for Summit County and performs decontamination and treatment of hazardous materials exposures. Akron General also participates in Summit County hazardous materials test drills and provide medical advisors for the City of Akron and Summit County HAZMAT units.
Akron General offers both professional and community education courses on preparing for emergencies and preventing trauma.
New Emergency Department in 2018
Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s addition of a $49.3 million building more than triples the size of its downtown emergency department and will help enhance patient experience.
The new emergency department is designed to expedite the process from admittance through discharge. The 67,000-square-foot building will include:
- Four high-acuity trauma rooms
- Sixty total treatment rooms
- An imaging department, including a CT scanner and two radiographic rooms
- A designated area for PATH (Providing Access to Healing) which serves patients seeking treatment from Akron General’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program
Emergency Medicine and Trauma Research
Verification as a Level I Trauma Center also means that Akron General seeks ways to help speed up and improve urgent care delivery through clinical research and education of healthcare professionals involved in trauma care.
Speeding up diagnosis and treatment is an important focus of Akron General’s research. Akron General collaborates with pre-hospital providers, such as fire departments and paramedics to improve care even before our patients arrive. That includes determining the best way to stabilize victims at the scene of a car crash, updating standards to help reduce potential infection or researching treatments to reduce the need for surgery. Caregivers continually review the best transportation methods and routes that emergency medical workers use to get patients to Akron General from any of the 26 counties it serves, whether by ambulance or helicopter.
Each year Akron General sees over 55,000 people in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and research benefits them in other ways too – like helping find better ways to relieve pain for minor cuts all the way to major traumas. Feasibility studies are currently underway that involve screening patients who are seen in the Emergency Department for potentially deadly illnesses that may otherwise go undetected.
Akron General supports the research of Emergency Medicine residents through graduation as part of their medical education to provide the best and most comprehensive clinical experience possible.
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, Ohio, 44307
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