Penrose earns verification as Level II Trauma Center

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Penrose Health Center’s trauma center has earned verification as a Level II Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Traumas Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers which provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also pre-hospital and rehabilitation treatment. The verification program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing trauma care for all injured patients.
The designation of trauma centers is the function of the Colorado Department Public Health and Environment and the Statewide Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council.

Grant to fight meth use

Connect Care, a member of Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group, has received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Children and Families to create a Family Reunification Coalition in El Paso and Teller counties to fight methamphetamine and other drug use.
The goals of the coalition are:

  • To create permanent homes for children.
  • Protect children from abuse and neglect.
  • Increase ability to address parental substance abuse.
  • Create stable family environments where parents are able to meet children’s needs.

The group is expanding family treatment drug court, rural substance abuse services in Teller County, substance abuse services for methamphetamines and increasing education about methamphetamine use. The program also will create social work services and expand CASA services.
The Fourth Judicial District has seen a steady increase in the negative effects of methamphetamine and other substance abuse on child safety and well-being. Alcohol was the primarily abused substance in the region for several years but, since 2003, methamphetamine has been the most widely abused drug.
The number of children in the child welfare system is increasing in the Fourth Judicial District and dependency and neglect petitions are increasing. The majority of these cases are related to substance abuse or exposure.
In Teller County, 84 percent of parental terminations occurring between 2001 and 2006 were because of parental substance abuse. And, of the 83 El Paso County termination orders that were entered in 2005 (affecting 120 children), 81 percent were because of parental substance abuse.

Depression, pregnancy link

Pregnancy and Depression Snapshot
Depressed before pregnancy 8.70%
Depressed during pregnancy 6.90%
Depressed after pregnancy 10.40%
Total depressed during at least one of these periods 15.40%
Received antidepressants before pregnancy 77%
Received antidepressants during pregnancy 67%
Received antidepressants after pregnancy 82%

More than one in seven women are depressed at some point before, during or after childbirth, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study that appears in the October issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.
More than half the women who experienced postpartum depression had also been depressed before becoming pregnant or during pregnancy.
“These findings show we need to pay more attention to depression before pregnancy,” said Evelyn Whitlock, senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. “Doctors and the public tend to focus more on postpartum depression because of the huge gap between a new mother’s joyful expectations and the crushing reality of depression.”
The consequences of postpartum depression, which affects 400,000 women in the United States, can be devastating. It can inhibit a woman’s ability to bond with her infant, relate to the child’s father and perform daily activities.
Investigators at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research profiled 4,398 women who gave birth between 1998 and 2001.
The study found that 93.4 percent of the women identified with depression before, during, or after pregnancy had a mental health visit or received antidepressants.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants were the most common type of antidepressants prescribed, and 180 women (4 percent of all pregnant women) received them during pregnancy. The authors noted that women received these medications before concerns were publicized about possible effects of SSRIs on persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns and on cardiovascular malformations.
Amy Gillentine covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.