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The Right, Timely Care and a Network of Support Helps Patients

Traumatic injuries, by their very nature, are sudden and unexpected; and can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. Blunt force trauma, primarily caused by bicycle or motor vehicle—car, ATV, Jet Ski, motorcycle—accidents and falls, account for the majority of local traumatic incidents and injuries. The effects of these injuries can be life-changing for patients and their families.

The right, timely care and a network of support helps patients survive, recover, cope and move forward after a traumatic injury. That care needs to be administered by an expert, multidisciplinary team within one hour of the injury during what is known as the “golden hour.” That care is not found in a traditional emergency department, but in a designated, state-licensed trauma center.

What is a trauma center?

A trauma center is a specialized hospital that treats people who have endured physical trauma. In order to be designated as a trauma center, a facility must be staffed 24/7 with a team that is specially trained and qualified to treat traumatic injuries. That team must include:

  • Medical specialists in the following fields:
    • Cardiology
    • Hematology
    • Infectious disease
    • Internal medicine
    • Nephrology
    • Pathology
    • Pediatrics
    • Pulmonary medicine
    • Radiology
    • Surgeons in the following specialties:
    • Neurosurgery
    • Obstetric/gynecological surgery
    • Ophthalmic surgery
    • Oral/maxillofacial surgery
    • Orthopedic surgery
    • Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) surgery
    • Pediatric surgery
    • Plastic surgery
    • Thoracic surgery
    • Urologic surgery

Additionally, the trauma team always includes:

  • Certified trauma nurses
  • Respiratory technicians
  • Radiology technicians
  • Operating room nurse(s)
  • Board-certified trauma surgeons
  • Trauma trained emergency department physicians

Tags: Emergency Services, Trauma Center