Rep. Ed Perlmutter, CO-07, toured Lakewood’s St. Anthony Hospital Sept. 2, getting a first-hand look at the state-of-the-art T-10 Operating Room (OR), Intensive Care Unit and Flight for Life …
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Rep. Ed Perlmutter, CO-07, toured Lakewood’s St. Anthony Hospital Sept. 2, getting a first-hand look at the state-of-the-art T-10 Operating Room (OR), Intensive Care Unit and Flight for Life operations.
Nurse, Karen Lee, said active lifestyles a lot of Coloradans lead keeps the T-10 OR busy. Traumatic brain injuries from climbing, hiking, cycling, skiing and other outdoor pursuits augment the usual car crashes and other emergent conditions.
After hearing from doctors, nurses, a flight team and administrators, Perlmutter reflected on the facility he calls “a jewel for the entire state.”
“This is one of just a few Level One Trauma Center’s in Colorado. They take the hardest, most urgent kind of cases. And the T-10 room goes even beyond that.” he said. “To have a hospital like St. Anthony here — I think everybody in Jefferson County, the west side of Denver and the mountains sleep a little easier, knowing that you’ve got great doctors and a great facility nearby.”
St. Anthony’s website explains the origins of Trauma Room 10, or T-10, a dedicated field-to-surgery suite that stands ready 24/7 for trauma surgeons and specially trained shock trauma teams to provide lifesaving care to the most severely ill and injured patients.
The first T-10 was opened at St. Anthony Central in 1977.
The latest incarnation of the world-class operating room features a ceiling-boom design that integrates imaging and instrumentation. It also has a dumb-waiter style blood delivery system with specialized pneumatic tubes that enable blood and pharmaceuticals to be delivered to trauma teams quickly. T-10 also has CT imaging and interventional radiology equipment located immediately across the hall.
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