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%

Injury Death by Mechanism Graphic

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






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