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Trauma Services

The specialized trauma services at Suburban Hospital Trauma Center are provided by highly trained medical professionals for critically injured patients.

At Suburban Hospital, trauma care starts with the 911 call and continues throughout the entire hospital admission. The impending arrival of a trauma patient triggers our coordinated in-hospital response by a special trauma team that may include a trauma surgeon, a senior surgical resident, an anesthesiologist, an emergency medicine physician, a trauma nurse, a trauma nurse assistant, a critical care nurse, an operating room nurse, a respiratory therapist and a radiology technologist, along with other critical resource personnel, such as the nursing supervisor, the chaplain and the hospital's security staff. In addition, a wide range of subspecialty medical services such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and cardiology are available on call 24 hours a day to provide additional evaluations and care as needed.

On arrival, a severely injured trauma patient goes directly to one of the fully equipped dedicated trauma bays housed in a special treatment area of the Emergency Department. Through prompt evaluation and resuscitation using state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge techniques, life-threatening injuries can be rapidly diagnosed and treated immediately under the direction of a board-certified trauma surgeon. When necessary, the patient can be taken within minutes to the operating room, where highly skilled nurses and staff are available 24 hours a day.

Following initial management, the trauma patient will be admitted to one of Suburban Hospital's three inpatient trauma units. Throughout the patient's entire hospitalization and care, the trauma center maintains an organized team approach whose ultimate goal is the person's recovery, rehabilitation and return to the community. In addition to the trauma surgeon, subspecialty physicians and trauma nurses, the inpatient care team consists of trained physical, occupational and speech therapists and a trauma case manager who coordinates optimal discharge planning.

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