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Botsford Trauma Team Cool Under Pressure

Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 27, 2011)--- Monday was an ordinary day for Botsford Trauma Services, that is until around 5 p.m. when a concrete wall collapsed on two people, a severe car accident injured five others and two suffered serious heart attacks and were brought to Botsford's Emergency Center. All at the same time. Overwhelming, right? Not in the least.  
Trauma surgeons were called in, nurses were called down from other units and bed controllers artfully choreographed rooms to accommodate the influx of new arrivals.  
Monday's events affected the whole hospital, yet nobody seemed to break a sweat. Here are reactions from some of our Botsford Trauma team members: 
Barbara Smith, RN, Manager, Trauma Services: - "Trauma patients cause a ripple effect throughout the hospital - it is not an Emergency Center issue. I was gratified to see the whole clinical team pulling together to assess patients, initiate surgeries and find appropriate rooms for patient care. Five trauma surgeons as well as surgical residents came in to assist. The process worked according to plan in an unusual situation. It was a great Trauma Team efforts from all areas of the hospital."  
Sanford Vieder, D.O., Emergency Medicine - "Monday evening served as a reminder that we are not only skilled at managing multiple trauma victims but we are also able to treat other urgent patient needs at the same time. The Emergency Center team was at the top of its game on Monday evening - I'm proud of all who were part of the effort."  
Alexa Simkow, R.N., Director, Surgical Services  
"Early evening is generally a quiet time in our surgical areas. Monday evening was anything but quiet. Staff returned to the hospital, others stayed late, worked together and met a huge challenge flawlessly."  
Monday‚Äôs experience is just one of the countless times the skilled Botsford trauma team has coolly handled serious events since Botsford was verified as a Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons in 2010. To learn more about the Botsford Trauma Center, visit  

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