As the only certified Level III Trauma Center in Ozaukee County, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee has the ability to care for critically injured patients. We have a trauma surgeon available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, and all of our emergency medicine physicians are board certified.
Our hospital also serves as the command center for all emergency medical services in Ozaukee County. That means that emergency medical services personnel have a direct link with our emergency department while en route to the hospital to advise of a patient’s status and to allow us to begin treatment before the patient even arrives.
This year, Columbia St. Mary’s is making a bold promise. Starting in February 2014, the Emergency Department at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee is instituting a 30-minute guarantee. That means within 30 minutes of checking in, you will meet with a doctor.
Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee
13111 N. Port Washington Rd,. Mequon
Nearly 200,000 out-of-hospital incidents of sudden cardiac arrest occur among U.S. residents each year. For every minute care is delayed, survival and quality of life is decreased.
Physicians at Columbia St. Mary’s use a treatment called Therapeutic Hypothermia to cool the body of a patient when sudden cardiac arrest has occurred to allow the healing of damaged or stunned cells in the brain.
Upon arrival to one of our hospitals, a target temperature is set on the control module of the hypothermia machine – Alsius – and the lowered temperature is maintained for 24 to 36 hours. The patient’s body temperature is slowly returned to a normal temperature over the next 24 hours. In most cases, patients have remarkable recoveries with no lasting brain damage.
Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett brought national attention to hypothermia treatment after it was successfully used on him following a spinal cord injury during a September 2007 game. By cooling the body quickly to between 90 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit, the body’s metabolic processes are slowed. Cellular breakdown and the release of toxic chemicals are stymied. The cooling slows the process, allowing injured, but not dead cells, to get healthy.
In September 2010, Columbia St. Mary’s provided coolers to the Emergency Medical Community for their rigs so that the Ozaukee County EMS could begin hypothermia protocol in the field, further improving the chance of a successful outcome for patients who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.