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A traumatic injury can completely change someone’s life in the blink of an eye. That’s why hospitals have specific staff in place trained to handle a variety of traumatic incidents and deliver care to anyone affected by a sudden and traumatic event.
Traumatic injury is a term that describes a physical injury that requires immediate medical attention. Traumatic injuries occur during potentially life-changing events, such as car accidents, natural disasters and unexpected falls.
Some common types of traumatic injuries can include:
The injury severity score (ISS) is a medical score that’s used to assess the severity of a traumatic injury. A major traumatic injury is generally defined as having an injury severity score of greater than 15.
It depends on what kind of injury has been suffered, but generally, traumatic injuries are treated in an emergency or operating room by a professionally trained trauma team, who are skilled at applying life-saving measures to patients.
Mercy has traumatic injury specialists across most of our communities.
Find a traumatic injury location near you.