Our trauma team consists of providers from a range of specialties including orthopaedics, neurosurgery and trauma surgeons. Learn more about our Clinical Trauma Team.
St. Luke’s Trauma Center and Emergency Department work in partnership with our region's emergency medical services, our first line of defense against injury and disease. It is vitally important to quality patient care that we work together for the safety of the community.
When Emergency Medical Services (EMS) respond to an emergency, it is their responsibility to evaluate the situation and if the potential for life- or limb-threatening injury exists, stabilize the patient and then transport him/her to the nearest accredited trauma center.
Transfer to the Operating Room (OR) or Radiology
If the trauma team’s evaluation reveals a life- or limb-threatening injury, the patient is immediately transferred to a specially equipped and staffed Operating Room where necessary surgery can be performed. If the trauma team’s evaluation does not reveal a life- or limb-threatening injury, the patient is transferred to Radiology where additional diagnostic procedures such as X-rays or CT scans are performed. At this point, the patient can either be admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital for further care or discharged if doctors determine that he/she has sustained no serious injuries.
If the trauma patient requires a hospital stay to gradually recover his/her health and strength, he/she will be evaluated and treated by numerous rehabilitation and support services, including:
- Case Management
- Nutrition Services
- Occupational Therapy
- Pastoral Care
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Speech Therapy