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Trauma and burn care centers are special facilities where emergency care can be given to patients suffering from traumatic injuries. They’re usually open 24-7-365 and can usually provide transportation to any care facility in a timely manner.
A trauma care unit is an area of a hospital that’s equipped to deal with patients suffering from life-threatening injuries. It’s staffed with highly trained physicians and surgeons who have experience performing critical procedures.
There are four different levels of a trauma unit. In general, a level 1 trauma unit is able to provide comprehensive trauma care to all its patients, while a level 4 trauma unit can only provide limited care, and may refer patients to another facility for complete care.
A trauma emergency refers to a physical injury that requires immediate medical attention. Traumatic emergencies occur during potentially life-changing events, such as car accidents, natural disasters and unexpected falls, for example.
Trauma surgeons are specifically trained to operate on patients who’ve sustained life-threatening injuries. They’re responsible for treating broken or fractured bones, internal injuries, burn wounds and other traumatic conditions.
A trauma patient is anyone who has experienced a life-threatening injury as a result of a catastrophic event, such as a car accident, natural disaster and unexpected fall.
Mercy has trauma specialists across most of our communities.
Find a trauma location near you.