The hospital you go to after a West Palm Beach car accident may determine whether you survive your injuries.
Trauma centers are hospitals that are specially equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries from car accidents, slip and falls, and assaults. Level one trauma centers have trauma surgeons available at all times, including specialists in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. Level two trauma centers specialize in stabilization and initial care until victims can be transferred to a level one trauma unit.
A recent study has found that seriously injured car accident victims who are treated at a trauma center are 30 percent more likely to survive for at least 48 hours after the accident than car accident victims who are taken to another type of hospital. The study was performed in Ontario, Canada and was published in the June issue of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.
Toronto doctors looked at data from more than 6,000 car accidents that involved a serious injury. They found that only 45 percent of patients were transported from the accident scene to a trauma center, even when there was a trauma center nearby. When patients were taken to a non-trauma hospital, critical treatment was often delayed.
There are two reasons for this trend:
- Emergency personnel do not recognize the severity of the Injuries.
- Another hospital was closer.
The authors of the study stress that it is important that the emergency physicians in all hospitals be able to recognize the potential severity of car accident injuries and transfer car crash victims to a trauma center as soon as possible.
Level one trauma centers are located in Fort Lauderdale (Broward General Medical Center) and Orlando (Orlando Regional Medical Center). Level two trauma centers are located in West Palm Beach (St. Mary's Medical Center) and Delray Beach (Delray Medical Center).