Level II Trauma Center coming soon to Natividad Medical Center
What is a trauma center and why is it important to our community?
A trauma center is a specialized hospital distinguished by the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries. Local trauma care is a vital community service that saves lives and eliminates the need to fly critically injured patients to a distant trauma center.
The Trauma Team at Natividad Medical Center will provide:
A highly skilled trauma care team in-house 24/7, consisting of physicians, surgical specialists, nurses, technicians and support staff
Excellent access for ground and air patient transport with adjacent heliport
High-quality clinical services to support trauma care
A deep, historical, and ongoing commitment to high-quality comprehensive trauma care services to all residents of Monterey County
Compassionate and respectful care while maintaining patient dignity
Trauma prevention education through community outreach
What is Trauma or a Traumatic Injury?
Traumatic injury is a life-altering event, affecting the patient, their family, and caregivers
A trauma patient is one with the most severe and critical injuries
Most injuries can be treated at a local emergency department, but in the case of traumatic injury, receiving treatment at a trauma center lowers risk of death by 25%
Trauma prevention is important, here are a few facts:
Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions nationwide
Trauma is the leading cause of disability
Trauma is a disease. It is mostly preventable and associated with high-risk behavior
Trauma is the leading cause of death in people 1- 45 years of age
45,000 - 50,000 deaths annually
Affects mostly the young and elderly
The economic burden of trauma is approximately $406 billion a year, including both healthcare costs and lost productivity