What Does a Trauma Center Offer?
The Trauma Center has:
- A process for rapid communication with pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers.
- A response team in place and prepared for the patient’s arrival.
- 24-hour availability of trauma-credentialed surgeons, surgical sub-specialists and emergency medicine physicians.
- Trauma trained nursing staff in the Emergency Trauma Center, Surgical Trauma Unit, Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and trauma specific medical-surgical units.
- A state-of-the-art trauma room located within the Pennock Emergency Trauma Center with two trauma bays, fully stocked with all emergency equipment readily available for meeting the needs of both adult and pediatric trauma patients.
- Immediate access to diagnostic testing and studies in radiology, CT scan and the laboratory.
- High priority access to blood and blood products from the blood bank.
- Immediate availability of operating rooms with anesthesia services and nursing staff to care for the patient during and after surgery.
- A rooftop helipad with dedicated elevator and immediate, direct access to the trauma bay.
- Comprehensive support services for rehabilitation, case management and social work, pastoral care and nutrition to provide for the patient’s needs throughout the entire hospitalization and to assist with comprehensive evaluation for any required post-discharge services.
Improving Outcomes for Trauma Patients
Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation statistics show that survival rates for trauma patients in the Commonwealth are continually improving:
- 95.4 percent of the 34,703 trauma patients treated at accredited Pennsylvania trauma centers survived in 2010.
- Mortality rates for trauma patients have decreased every year, dropping more than 2 percent from the time of the first trauma center accreditations in 1986.
Source: Facts About Pennsylvania’s Trauma Centers, Hospital Association of Pennsylvania online fact sheet, referenced statistics from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, PTOS Trauma Registry, 2010. http://www.haponline.org/downloads/HAP_Facts_About_PAs_Trauma_Centers_May2011.pdf