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%
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.
What do the different levels of Trauma Centers mean?
- Level I: Full range of specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day. Distinguished by research programs and trauma education programs.
- Level II: Essential specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day to care for trauma patients.
- Level III: Resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care for trauma patients. Does not have full availability of specialists.
- Level IV: Initial evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic equipment available for patients. Has the ability to transfer trauma patients to a higher level of care.
What Natividad’s Trauma Center provides:
- A highly skilled trauma care team in-house 24/7, consisting of physicians, surgical specialists, nurses, technicians and support staff
- Excellent access for patient transport with adjacent heliport
- High-quality clinical services to support trauma care
- A deep, historical, and ongoing commitment to comprehensive trauma care services to all residents of Monterey County
- Compassionate and respectful care while maintaining patient dignity
- Trauma prevention education through community outreach
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