As a Verified Trauma Center (VTC)*, ACCESS – Los Angeles is able to provide total care for every aspect of the management of trauma, from emergency stabilization through definitive medical and surgical care, and rehabilitation – 24 hours, 365 days a year.
Specialists in the field of emergency and critical care, surgery, and radiology are on staff and available for consultation seven days a week, with specialists in neurology, internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology on staff and available during standard business hours, and/or on call 24 hours if required.
“The trauma initiative is a massive collaborative effort to improve trauma care which is the first of its kind in veterinary medicine. Through our involvement we have developed new systems and protocols within our hospital so we can offer excellent patient care to even the most critical traumatized patient. We have advanced training programs for technicians and doctors so that we can always stay apprised of the best treatments and techniques. In order to gain this verification, our emergency and critical care team had to demonstrate that they could deliver the highest level of patient care, training, and support which is why we are so proud to be included in this ground breaking effort!“
Kathryn Gates, BVSc, DACVECC
Medical Director – ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles
* MEETING STRICT GUIDELINES, AND CONTRIBUTING TO A LARGER CAUSE.
In order to achieve this rare verification, ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles has had to meet and satisfy strict guidelines established by the Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) which is supported by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). VetCOT’s vision is to create a network of lead hospitals that seed development of trauma systems.
These hospitals work collaboratively to define standards of care and disseminate information that improves trauma patient management efficiency and outcome. VTCs will contribute to a trauma registry that allows for continued advancement of trauma patient care.
This includes enhanced trauma patient care, promoting research collaborations, expanding and formalizing education of veterinary trauma, and enhancing the visibility of veterinary specialty colleges. The development of the VTC network is a “work in progress”, with a very purposeful, gradual expansion planned to ensure processes at and between centers are solidified and validated as the network expands.