• Trauma FAQs

  • A trauma injury is any bodily injury that is caused by an external force. The actual body injury may be internal, external or both. The external force may be from a blunt or sharp object, or from a chemical, heat or electric source.
    Parker Adventist Hospital's Emergency Department sees and treats approximately 4,500 patients with a traumatic injury each year. Only 7% of those patients have injuries severe enough to require admission to the hospital.
    The number one trauma injury at Parker Hospital is falls - any type of fall, including a fall from a roof, ladder, stepstool, down stairs, from a wheelchair or from standing. The second most frequent trauma injury are equestrian-related injuries, and the third is motor vehicle crashes.
    Parker Adventist Hospital is a Level II Trauma Center. We have 8 attending trauma surgeons that take trauma call. Each surgeon takes trauma call for a 24-hour period, from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. The on-call trauma surgeon is immediately available when needed.
    Always Ready for our Equestrian Community - Due to the frequency of equestrian-related trauma injuries, and the occurrence of significant injury to these patients, our trauma and emergency services require a Trauma Team to be at bedside upon patient arrival. State of the Art Management for Chest Wall Injuries - Parker Adventist Hospital's trauma surgeons take an aggressive approach to pain management for our patients with rib fractures. When multi-modal medications fail to provide adequate relief, our surgeons will collaborate with our anesthesia specialists to place an epidural catheter. For patients with the most severe types of rib fractures, our surgeons are specially trained to surgically stabilize the rib fractures with a rib-plate fixation procedure - this advanced surgical procedure is typically done only at higher level trauma centers.Evidence-Based Care Protocols - Parker Adventist Hospital's Trauma services teams realize that seemingly minor injuries to our elderly patients can result in life-altering disabilities or complications. We are currently following an evidence-based protocol in conjunction with St. Anthony Central Level I Trauma Center that identifies and treats elderly trauma patients at greatest risk for developing complications due to pre-existing medical factors. We involve our multidisciplinary team of therapists, dieticians and discharge planners upon admission to ensure the needs of the patients are met throughout their hospital stay.
    Trauma Clinic and Discharge Planning - Trauma service patients are seen in our Trauma Clinic. Each consulting physician participates in the patient's discharge plan of care. Our case managers and discharge planners work with our Trauma Service, Rehabilitation Therapists and our patients/families to arrange the most appropriate rehabilitation facility or home health services upon discharge.
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