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April 24, 2013

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University of Illinois Designated Among Nation's First Veterinary Trauma Centers

Nine emergency care providers meet criteria

Urbana - The small animal emergency service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital is one of nine U.S. veterinary hospitals and clinics to be provisionally designated as a "veterinary trauma center" by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

The new designation is part of an initiative to improve treatment outcomes of animal trauma cases by creating a network of lead hospitals that will foster development of trauma systems nationally. These hospitals will work collaboratively to define high standards of care and disseminate information that improves trauma patient management efficiencies and outcomes.

"To achieve this designation, a hospital must have board-certified specialists in emergency and critical care, surgery, and radiology available for consultation on a 24/7 basis," said Dr. Maureen McMichael, who directs the small animal emergency and critical care service at the University of Illinois.

"At Illinois we have the expertise and facilities needed to manage every aspect of care for the small animal trauma patient, from emergency stabilization through medical and surgical care and rehabilitation. Our team approach to care means our emergency/critical care experts work closely with our surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, radiologists, and other specialists be tailor care to individual patient needs."

Among the goals of the veterinary trauma center network is to create a database of information related to animals sustaining trauma that can be used for research and to develop standards of care and training.

Dr. McMichael, who is boarded in veterinary and emergency critical care, has long been prominent as a researcher, author, and reviewer in veterinary critical care. Recently she contributed to an industry-wide effort to establish evidence-based standards of care for delivering cardiopulmonary resuscitation for dogs and cats. She has also published recently on quality parameters of stored blood for transfusion.

Other veterinary emergency care providers designated among the inaugural veterinary trauma centers include private hospitals in Irvine, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., Tampa, Fla., and Paramus, N.J., and veterinary colleges at Tufts University, University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University, and University of Pennsylvania.

Guidelines and requirements for the new centers were generated by a multi-national group of veterinary critical care specialists. A subcommittee of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care will be working with the nine centers throughout the first year to ensure all guidelines are being met.