Since 1989, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital has been designated as a Lead Trauma Hospital. We provide service to any injured child or adult that arrives at our hospital and accept transfers from other facilities.
Over 80% of our major trauma patients arrive directly from the scene. Our vision is to reduce injury-related morbidity and mortality in Ontario.
We operate as part of a provincial Trauma System, providing access to optimal trauma care to all Ontario residents. The purpose of a Lead Trauma Hospital is to ensure a high-level of care for patients with serious traumatic injuries and to provide leadership in the areas of injury prevention, trauma research and trauma education.
The Lead Trauma Hospitals in Ontario are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure 24-hour trauma team leader availability, program management and data collection. Increases in volume are recognized through incremental case volume funding. HDGH has all the important components of acute trauma care including coordination with pre-hospital care, the provision of in-hospital treatment and discharge from hospital to community rehabilitation.
The trauma team includes a trauma team leader, two or more Emergency nurses, a respiratory therapist, lab, radiology, pastoral care and a social worker.
In 2006, HDGH was surveyed by the Trauma Association of Canada and received designation as a Level I Trauma Centre according to the TAC Guidelines 2003 edition.
Data CollectionHDGH works cooperatively with the province's other Lead Trauma Hospitals on matters of common interest such as research, training, educational opportunities and any significant program changes.A key component and responsibility of the trauma program is collection of data for the Ontario Trauma Registry (OTR) for the purpose of tracking and analyzing performance as well as for research, education and injury prevention.HDGH also works cooperatively with agencies such as EMS, local and provincial Police Services and other healthcare facilities to retrieve all necessary data elements required for the Comprehensive Data Set of OTR. We also provide local statistics to other agencies for the purposes of comparison and injury prevention.Injury PreventionTraumatic injuries have been identified as the leading cause of death for those under the age of 44 years. HDGH has a mandate to promote injury prevention awareness, provide education, and participate with other community agencies to work to reduce injury. Our major injury prevention initiatives include the P.A.R.T.Y. Program, the Windsor Essex County Injury Prevention Coalition, and the annual Not By Accident Injury Prevention Conference.For more information or to join our coalition please call: The Windsor Essex County Injury Prevention Coalition, (519) 973-4411, ext. 7818.
P.A.R.T.Y. ProgramTo promote injury prevention through reality education, enabling youth to recognize risk and make informed choices about activities and behaviours. To learn more information about P.A.R.T.Y. Windsor, please click here.Our key in-hospital injury prevention program is the P.A.R.T.Y. Program, (Prevent Trauma and Risk-Related Trauma In Youth).The P.A.R.T.Y. program has been conducted for Windsor and Essex County high school students since 1993. It is a full day, hands on, interactive program that allows students to experience first hand the journey of trauma patients and their families.The day is filled with opportunities to role play, participate in a trauma simulation, and listen to a variety of trauma experts and injury survivors. P.A.R.T.Y.P.A.R.T.Y Windsor is one of many programs conducted across Canada, the U.S. and many other countries and is affiliated with the Sunnybrook RBC First Office for Injury Prevention.
Goals and Objectives
1. To educate youth to recognize risks.
1.1 Identify potentially dangerous situations and behaviours through personal testimony, multi-media presentation and active participation.
1.2 Expose youth to potential psychosocial, emotional and physical impacts that result from traumatic injury, using reality education.
2. To increase youths’ awareness of personal responsibility for their choices.
2.1 Encourage youth to examine their attitudes, decisions and behaviours.
2.2 Provide opportunity for self-evaluation.
3. To increase youths’ knowledge of the impact of serious injury on quality of life for the individual and community.
3.1 Encourage youth to think about potential loss of family, friends, independence, self-esteem and control of their body, as a result of injury.
3.2 Identify the differences between injury recovery and permanent disability.
3.3 Expose youth to a variety of disability issues in the community.
4. To empower youth to make informed, smart choices.
4.1 Provide youth with positive alternatives and strategies to encourage smart choices.
4.2 Encourage youth to directly apply strategies learned at the P.A.R.T.Y. Program.
5. To promote other injury prevention initiatives.
5.1 Demonstrate the P.A.R.T.Y. Program’s active participation in promotion of injury prevention initiatives at a local, provincial, national and international level.
6. To contribute to a reduction in the incidence of risk-related trauma for youth.
6.1 To demonstrate a reduction of risk-related trauma for youth.