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k B00.00ebe emergency staff recognizes Emergency Medical Services We.. 1,: May is National Trauma Awareness month desig- nated to promote trauma prevention. Each year the American Trauma Society members, institutions and divisions sponsor varied activities throughout the United States, aiding in the fight to reduce trauma. The staff at Beebe Medical Center's Emergency Services celebrated National Medical Emergency Services Week, May 18-24, to honor the outstanding efforts provided by Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Sussex County. Local restaurants showed their support by generously donating food throughout the week, in appreciation for the work and time the EMS personnel give to the community. According to the Office of Paramedic Administra- tion, Delaware Trauma System Planning Group, injury continues to be the leading cause of death and permanent disability in Delawareans between the ages of 11 and 44. Beebe Medical Center, along with the Division of Public Health and the Office of Paramedic Adminis- tration is committed to reducing death and disability related to injury in Delaware. The Delaware Trauma Systems Planning Group (DTSPG), of which Beebe Medical Center is a mem- ber, was formed to assist the Division in achieving this goal, and will consider national standards, such as those set forth by the American College of Sur- geons, in developing all components for the Delaware Trauma System Plan. Volunteer ambulance, F, MS teams and paramedics respond to medical emergencies including sudden collapse, breathing difficulty, sudden onset of chest pain, major automobile accidents, burns, severe bleeding, emergency births or in any other ease of serious injury. According to the Sussex County Emergency Med- ical Services, last year, Sussex County paramedics transported approximately 6,700 persons to ER facil- ities, responded to 11,000 calls and 2,200 persons, about one third of the total, were transported to Beebe Medical Center for emergency care. The key to the success of the base command is for physicians to have pre-hospital direction of patient care by radio en route to Beebe. The Emergency Medical Services and Paramedics of Sussex County work with 21 volunteer fire/rescue EMS agencies in Sussex County and the Delaware State Aviation Division to provide emergency care to its citizens. The paramedics are located at five inde- pendent stations throughout the county to maximize response to all locations. These stations, in Lincoln, Blades, Stockley Center, Lewes and Millville, will take patients to the nearest hospital. In severe trauma cases, patients may be flown by Delaware State Police helicopters to a trauma center. Beebe Medical Center's Department of Emergency Services was the first hospital in Delaware to fulfill the criteria for a base station medical command so that paramedics can obtain critical medical direction while treating patients in the field. This communica- tion link between the hospital emergency department and paramedics in the field is vital to maintain consis- tency and quality of care. Patients can rest assured that when paramedics are administering treatment in the field, prior to being transported to Beebe, all direction for treatment will follow strict protocol. This provides a level of conti- nuity that can only be achieved through systematic, established programs such as the medical base com- mand station designation. f The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is pleased to announce that Delaware Home Health Care, Inc. has been awarded Accreditation Status Long Neck Professional Center Millsboro, DE 302.945-7580 Rehoboth Service Center Rehoboth, DE 302.227.2201 Milford Plaza Milford, DE 302-422.2727 CAPE GAZETI, Friday, May 23 - May 29, 1997 - 33 00eep Disorders Imagine gauges, adhesive patches, and wires all over your body connected to a battery of monitoring machines. A technician readies a notepad, switches on a video camera--and you're instructed to sleep! It's no nightmare, but business as usual for Beebe Medical Center's Sleep Disorders Center. "The people we see have no problem falling asleep here," says medical director Michael A. lvatore, M.D. "The lab is for people with excessive sleepiness during tle day--people who fall asleep anywhere, instantly and deeply." Chronic sleepiness is the result of a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea actually halts breathing. Periodic limb movements, with its uncontrollable jerks and twitches, partially wakens a sleeper many times each night. Most sufferers are not even aware of the repeated interruptions that prevent meaningful, restful sleep. Persons with narcolepsy, a neurological illness, fall asleep many times during the day, whatever their level of activity or concentration. Sleep disorders have a wide impact beyond personal enjoyment of life and competency in the work place, such as when sleep-deprived individuals operate cars and machinery. For more information about excessive daytime sleepi- ness, consult your physician or call the Sleep Disorders Center at Beebe Medical Center at 645-3186 and ask for our free Sleep Disorders brochure. B Medical Sleep Disorders Center 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE