When do you need dedicated trauma care?

Dedicated trauma care is different from emergency care. Emergency care doctors can treat all sorts of medical problems, such as broken bones and heart attacks, but trauma surgeons have specialized training and expertise to treat patients who are at imminent risk of losing their lives due to severe injuries. There are designated levels of trauma centers, depending on the level of care they offer. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas features a Level II Trauma Center.

When you’ve been involved in a serious vehicular accident
After a minor fender bender, you might seek emergency care for problems like whiplash. But if you’ve been critically injured in a serious accident, you’ll be taken to a Trauma Center. Trauma care teams are trained to respond immediately, around the clock, to patients with these types of car accident injuries:

  • Internal bleeding

  • Broken neck

  • Skull fracture

  • Traumatic amputation

  • Punctured lung

  • Complex facial trauma

When you’ve sustained severe, penetrating wounds
Trauma care surgeons are on call around the clock to save the lives of patients who have been shot, stabbed or otherwise assaulted. When a patient arrives at the hospital with a life-threatening, penetrating wound, the trauma care team will rapidly assess the following:

  • Location of entry and exit wound

  • Damage to internal organs

  • Damage to major blood vessels

Trauma care teams initially focus on opening the airway to manage respiratory distress, and preventing fatal blood loss by setting up an IV.

When you’ve sustained spinal cord or brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can be fatal or result in permanent, extensive disabilities. For these patients, the trauma team focuses on stabilization to prevent further injury, as well as:

  • Airway management

  • Assessment and treatment of shock, hemorrhage and hypotension

  • Neurological assessment

All of these medical interventions require specialized medical knowledge and advanced technical skills. If you do require trauma care someday, you can rest assured the trauma care team will do everything possible to achieve the best possible outcome.

When you watch the accompanying video, you can hear about Level II Trauma Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Around the clock, our emergency care team and trauma specialists are here to save the lives of Las Vegas residents and visitors. Call 911 for emergency care, or, for non-emergent inquiries, call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

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