What is a Trauma Center?

What is trauma?

In the case of a trauma center, “trauma” refers to anything that causes injury.  The most common causes of injury that bring patients to a trauma center are falls and motor vehicle crashes.  Other common causes of injury include burns, gunshot wounds, and assaults.  These events can cause life-threatening trauma in multiple areas of the body.

What is a trauma center?

Trauma centers provide specialized medical services and resources to patients suffering from traumatic injuries.  Appropriate treatment has been shown to reduce the likelihood of death or permanent disabilities to injured patients.  Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life-threatening and disabling injuries.

What does Level III Trauma Center mean?

Trauma centers vary in their specific capabilities and are identified by “Level” designation.  Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center is designated as a Level III Trauma Center.

Elements of a Level III Trauma Center include:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Rapid availability of specialty physicians and surgeons
  • Specially trained trauma nurses
  • Provides a higher level of care for rural hospitals
  • Offers continued education to staff, allied personnel, and the community about trauma care and injury prevention