They call it the Golden Hour…
This is the mere 60 minutes after a person has been critically injured in which trauma care professionals can most effectively prevent death or permanent disability. For a family’s loved one, this hour can literally mean the difference between life and death.
That’s why the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Level II Trauma Center (NEPA Trauma Center), located at G-CMC, is so essential. By getting immediate care from a highly skilled team of trauma professionals, minutes can indeed be turned into miracles for trauma victims and their families.
About the Trauma Center
Saving Lives, Restoring Hope, Enhancing the Quality of Life
As the first Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation accredited Level II facility within a seven-county region in northeastern Pennsylvania, the NEPA Trauma Center serves a population of over 1.2 million people with full-time specially trained support professionals and double-board certified surgeons who maintain a state of 24-hour readiness, each and every day of the year.
Regional hospitals depend on the Trauma Center by diverting life-threatening injuries to the care and expertise of the Clinic’s professional staff.
Trauma personnel not only monitor all phases of patient care from pre-hospital transport through rehabilitation, but also spearhead educational efforts to foster awareness and prevention of traumatic injury throughout our region.
While no one expects to use trauma services, catastrophic healthcare events can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, trauma is the primary cause of death for Americans under the age of 44 and represents more lost years of life than cancer and heart disease combined. Statistics show that those fortunate enough to receive care at an accredited trauma center have a 30 percent greater chance of survival than those who do not receive such care.
As the Scranton area and all of northeastern Pennsylvania continues to grow and become an increasingly important destination for individuals and businesses, the NEPA Trauma Center will serve as a critical asset to our area and our people.
Our Trauma Team
As the first Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation accredited Level II facility within a seven-county region, the people of northeastern Pennsylvania rely on the NEPA Trauma Center to provide expert care in life-threatening situations.
Our Trauma Team is ready for the challenge. The NEPA Trauma Center’s double-board certified surgeons maintain a 24-hour state of readiness each and every day of the year. In addition to our skilled trauma surgeons, the team is comprised of experienced and specially trained professionals representing a variety of medical specialties.
Some members of the Trauma Team include: Board-Certified Emergency Physicians, Orthopedic surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Emergency nurses and technicians, and professionals representing the Operating Room, Intensive Care Unit, X-ray, Anesthesia and Laboratory Departments.
In addition to our medical and surgical team, the Trauma Center’s Chaplain and Social Services representatives interact with the patient’s family during this highly stressful time, and our Nursing Administrative Manager coordinates nursing support.
All of our professionals combine to form a trauma team respected for its skill and dedication during the most challenging of circumstances.
NEPA Trauma Center Statistics
The Golden Hour after a loved one is critically injured is when trauma care professionals can most effectively prevent death or permanent disability. Since 1997, when the Trauma Center’s data base was implemented, over 10,000 people with traumatic injuries were cared for at the Center with 95% discharged. Records indicated that 64% were male and 36% were female with traumatic injuries. Data shows that 91% of all injuries involved blunt force trauma and the remaining 9% resulted from penetration injuries.
Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the primary mechanism of injury showing 40%, followed by 9% motorcycle accidents, 5% pedestrians struck, 30% from falls and 16% from other types of injuries, such as burns and animal bites.
Trauma is the primary cause of death for Americans under the age of 44. The statistics show that 20 to 55 year olds make up 56% of all trauma cases followed by 27% for 56 and over and 17% for newborns to 19 years of age. Life-threatening injuries that occur on a street or highway make up 50% of all cases, while 20% occur at home, 5% are sports related and 3% are industrial occurrences.
Although professionals at the NEPA Trauma Center spearhead educational efforts to foster awareness and prevention of traumatic injury throughout our region, 78% of motor vehicle crash victims did not use seatbelts, 25% of children were not in child seats, 56% did not have airbags (since 1999 all new vehicles are required by law to have airbags), 40% were not wearing helmets (motorcycle or bicycle) and 43% had pre-existing conditions.
The statistics show that Minutes really matter when a person is experiencing life-threatening injuries. This data reinforces the importance and value of having a trauma Center within reach and close to home when critical injuries occur.
The Technology of the NEPA Trauma Center
The NEPA Trauma Center is committed to using advanced technology to provide the best possible care for our patients. As part of this effort, the Trauma Center is engaged in an ongoing process to use wireless technology in a variety of important ways.
Through the use of wireless technology, information is available immediately and may be shared simultaneously in order to obtain the most rapid and accurate diagnosis and treatment possible.
For example, nurses utilize wireless technology to obtain the most current patient information and doctors can communicate instantly with specialists in other parts of northeastern Pennsylvania or throughout the nation. In addition, the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) enables radiology images to be viewed remotely, virtually anywhere, as long as there is a high speed Internet connection available.
Our new wireless and technology system is directly integrated with our lab system and assists with patient tracking, physician and nursing documentation, and pharmacy administration.
Moreover, the advanced 64-slice CT Scanner allows for whole body scans in seconds. Professionals are able to perform cardiac scanning to give instant diagnostic results without invasive procedures. Furthermore, trauma patients can be diagnosed of all critical injuries within seconds of entering the CT Scanning system, expediting patient treatment.
Our MRI unit with TIM Technology (Total Imaging Matrix) enables professionals to obtain whole body MRI scans during a single session.
Finally, the DT Interpreting Services’ Mobile Videophone Conference Units are available to help meet the needs of our area’s growing and diverse population. Critically injured patients who speak languages other than English, or who are hearing or vision impaired, are able to communicate instantly with our medical staff.
Commitment to keeping services on the cutting edge through constant review and enhancements assures that the Trauma Center will not only provide critical health care, but will also make our region a wise investment.