New State-of-the-Art Trauma Center Ready 24/7
The helicopter transporting the trauma victim touches down on the hospital roof.A team of doctors and nurses rush to assess the victim’s injuries the moment the helicopter lands.
The victim is then whisked by elevator down four floors directly into the trauma unit.An operating room right in the trauma center stands ready and waiting.
Sounds like a scene from a prime-time medical drama?It’s the new reality at
“The trauma unit has to be ready at a moment’s notice to cope with any disaster,” Fernandez said.That sentiment was echoed by trauma ICU nurse supervisor Denise Swan: “We will have a team, 24/7, that is waiting on the patients.Their only job is to wait for patients to come to them.”
“We are already one of the top trauma units in the state.This new unit will only help to make our department more efficient,” said Swan.Some 35 percent of trauma patients end up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“The new unit will be much more efficient,” said Felix Garcia, M.D., director of the trauma center.“We have a
Trauma team members are also excited about the new
The biggest change for the unit involves the helipad and the ambulance bays, Fernandez said.The unit is now configured so that elevators go straight up to the rooftop helipad – patients can be brought straight down to the trauma unit.Patients once were shuttled from the helipad to the unit via ambulance.And the unit is now much closer to the ambulance bays themselves.
While other hospitals experience summer as a down time, that season is
Fernandez stressed the importance of community awareness of the trauma unit.“Even though we have the feel of a community hospital, we provide state-of-the-art resources to deal with any and all traumatic injuries,” she said.
Even in this economy, when resources are limited, “you have to make sure the trauma center is ready 24/7.You have to be ready every single day,” Dr. Garcia said.