What is a trauma center and what is it used for?

  • Lisa Patterson

For the Monitor
Published: 8/19/2020 8:39:40 AM

You don’t plan ahead to see trauma care specialists but they have trained extensively and planned ahead to be certain the best care is waiting for you if you experience a traumatic injury.

What’s the benefit of living in a community that has access to a Level II Trauma Center?

A Level II trauma center provides patients with the highest level of surgical care due to the full range of medical specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day. Living in a community that has a hospital nearby with a Level II Trauma Center means patients can receive excellent trauma care while staying close to home.

How does a hospital achieve Level II Trauma Center status?

There are multiple requirements for hospitals to achieve and maintain Level II Trauma Center status. These include 24/7 operative coverage from surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists. There is also 24/7 availability of diagnostic testing including radiology and lab studies. There must be staff and processes in place to assure that patients are receiving the highest quality trauma care possible.

What types of injuries does a Level II Trauma Center treat?

A Level II Trauma Center is required to treat almost any injury except for those needing highly specialized care. Examples include burn patients or pediatric patients that require intensive care from specialties that are not typically available at an adult Level II Trauma Center. Another example may be an isolated injury to the eye, requiring an eye specialist.

What is the most common way people sustain a traumatic injury?

Simple trip and falls are the most common traumatic injury people sustain. Falls from same height can result in any severity of injury. An aging population is a contributing factor to the frequency that injuries from falls are seen. If you have concerns about falling, talk to your primary care provider for resources as there are ways to decrease your risk of falling.

Dr. Lisa Patterson is a board-certified surgeon and she serves as the medical director of Concord Hospital’s Trauma Center. Dr. Patterson recently presented on Concord Hospital’s Trauma Program at Concord Hospital Trust “What’s Up Doc?” Donor Lecture Series. The monthly series features members of Concord Hospital’s medical staff speaking to Concord Hospital Trust donors about new and innovative medical treatments and services. You can watch Dr. Patterson’s presentation on Concord Hospital’s YouTube channel at: youtube.com/concordhospital.

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