What is Trauma?
Trauma is a life-threatening injury caused by a physical force such as those related to a motor vehicle crash, motorcycle crash, fall, pedestrian injury, gunshot wound, stab wound, or other assault. No one expects to be injured; however, tragedies do occur. They can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Trauma is a major health problem in the United States and has often been referred to as the “neglected disease” of modern society.
What is a Trauma Center?
A Trauma Center is an acute care hospital that is committed to providing an organized systematic response of healthcare professionals to treat injured patients. This commitment not only involves essential staff and physicians, but also other necessary resources, equipment, and overall financial support for this system of care.
Care of the injured patient is a TEAM approach. It is led by the trauma surgeon who has specialized training in trauma. The trauma surgeon is in charge of the team and organizes the evaluation as well as the most appropriate course of treatment for the injured patient.
Scottsdale Healthcare’s Level I Trauma Center combines the latest technology with talented staff to provide state of the art, cutting edge trauma care. The ACS Level I Trauma Center verification is the “gold standard” and is the highest credential possible for any trauma center.
What is the difference between an Emergency Department and a Trauma Center?
A Trauma Center is an acute care hospital that provides hospital-wide resources. This includes a full spectrum of specialized services involved in the care of the most severely injured patients. Although the Trauma Team initiates care for the trauma patient in the Trauma Resuscitation Room, located in the Emergency Department (ED), the care for this patient involves multiple departments across the continuum of care.
An emergency room is a very important component of a trauma center. The ED is an entry point where patients are resuscitated and stabilized. In contrast, a Level I Trauma Center manages the entire continuum of care. It involves the entire facility, state of- the-art technology, available staff and all of the many resources a trauma patient will need, including rehabilitation.
Facts and Figures – Source: American Trauma Society
- Trauma is the leading cause of death for all age groups under age 44.
- Trauma accounts for more lives lost than heart disease and cancer combined.
- 100,000 people die each year in the United States as the result of trauma.
- Annual trauma costs in the U.S. are estimated to be between $100 and $200 billion.
- Each year, 8 to 9 million people in the U.S. suffer disabling injuries.
- Of those, 3 million will be permanently disabled.