Spike in Car Crash Victims Changes Hospital's Care

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - For the doctors and nurses of Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, multiple people suffering from car crash traumas come through their doors every day, more than they've ever seen before.

They said not a day goes by when a crash victim doesn't arrive, bearing an injury that will either change or end their life forever.
"Just from simply in a car wreck, hitting the windshield or hitting your side window could definitely cause a head bleed," MCH Emergency Department Director, Kelly Lappe, said. "You could lose speech. You could lose walking ability. You could be paralyzed."
Now MCH is even having to revise their care system to keep up with the accident injuries.  
They've had to increase their trauma education to be on a monthly basis as well as beef up and speed up their care elsewhere.

"We have had to increase staffing, revised our protocols, revised our trauma flow sheet, how we streamline our trauma," Lappe said. "We definitely want to get the most severe in, get them treated immediately."

The symptoms of booming traffic and reckless drivers have consequences and now they're spilling into our hospitals.
To make sure no other man, woman or child dies on our roads, hospitals urge everyone to keep a watchful eye.

"You have to be cautious," Lappe said. "You have to almost be defensive when you're driving and just be aware." 

MCH also told NewsWest 9 this spike in treating trauma patients has caused them to run low on platelets to give to patients that need them.
They're asking anyone who will be donating blood in the near future to switch to donating platelets if they can and help patients in dire need of them have a chance at recovering.