The Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center's Emergency Room is now officially certified as a Level 3 Trauma designation by the Minnesota Department of Health. Since trauma is the leading cause of death for Minnesotans ages 1 to 44 this is important. It meant the world to a Minneota woman who ended up in the ER earlier this month after a nasty crash.
This is the most Lori Skaar has ever sat idle. She and her husband Earl are farmers near Minneota, Minnesota, but Lori's chores are going to have to wait until she heals. On March 10th, Lori was involved in a terrible two car crash on Minnesota State Highway 68. Pictures from the accident were featured from the Minneota Mascot newspaper. Lori was alone in the red car.
Lori says, "When I knew what was going to happen I though I was a goner. I opened my eyes and I was I was in the ditch. People were calling 911 and they were stopping traffic. I remember them putting the neck brace on me in the van and sliding the board underneath me and slowly turning me then hauling me out of the ditch and into the ambulance.
Lori was taken by ambulance to the Avera Marshall ER which is now officially certified as a Level 3 Trauma Center. Because of this designation, EMS providers know exactly where to take patients, like Lori, according to how bad their traumatic injuries are.
Avera Marshall General Surgeon Dr. Michael Schneider says, "We do have the capacity for general surgery, orthopedic surgery, we have a hospitalist here for intensive care management plus a full staff of ER doctors and nurses plus all of them certified in trauma care. That goes for all the staff in the ICU as well."
Avera Marshall Medical Director and ER physician Dr. Edward Wolske says, "The importance of the trauma system is that we have what is called the "golden hour." It's the time from the trauma to definitive care. Despite all our advances in technology, despite all we have the longer that takes the worse the chances are for survival."
Lori says, "I remember when I got to the ER, they wheeled me in to the trauma room and I could only see straight up because of the neck brace and immediately I saw familiar faces. They knew me. I knew them. (she chokes up) It went pretty good."
Lori's right ankle got crushed in the crash. They stabilized it in the trauma room and she had surgery to repair it the next day with several pins and a metal plate. Her her left hip is cracked and she got a gash on her head that had to be stitched up. As bad as it is, she knows it could have been worse.
Tearing up Lori says, "I knew I was in good hands and I had my husband there."
Lori had never been in an accident before and hopes she never is again. If she is she knows the trauma team at Avera Marshall will be waiting.
Lori is out of the hospital now but comes back for physical therapy. She is doing really well.