Trauma Care - -

Trauma Care

In a medical emergency, you need care you can count on. Crozer-Keystone Health System provides Level II trauma services from an experienced multidisciplinary team of physicians and experts who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to diagnose and treat traumatic injuries.

The only trauma center in Delaware County, the Crozer Regional Trauma Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center meets the high standards required to earn its designation as a Regional Level II Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation.

Crozer-Keystone offers a comprehensive approach to trauma care and we are committed to providing ongoing trauma care to Delaware County.

The Trauma Team

Trauma Team at the Crozer Regional Trauma Center

Our multidisciplinary team of specially trained physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals work at the forefront of trauma care.

We coordinate trauma patient care with physicians and nurses from departments across Crozer-Keystone Health System, including emergency medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, interventional radiologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and other surgical specialists. Additionally, our team collaborates with professionals in Crozer’s Radiology, Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation departments to provide comprehensive care throughout a patient's stay.

On the Scene

The trauma team works closely with our community’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals to provide lifesaving care at the scene of an emergency. When an EMS unit identifies a traumatic injury, they immediately notify the Trauma Center and the trauma team guides emergency medical technicians and paramedics to provide the most effective care for the patient on the way to the hospital. In turn, the trauma team gathers the information needed to prepare to treat the patient when he or she arrives.

At the Emergency Department

Trauma patients receive initial treatment at Crozer's Emergency Department. The facility includes four trauma rooms (including one dedicated to burn and pediatric patients) featuring the latest technologies and equipment necessary for life-saving efforts. Our radiology department includes diagnostic radiographs and computed tomography (CT) capabilities dedicated exclusively to the care of trauma and emergency patients.

Surgical Trauma Care

The Surgical Trauma Unit (STU) is a dedicated eight-bed intensive care unit for our most critically injured patients, which is directed by trauma surgeons who are board certified in Critical Care Medicine. The STU is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of trauma credentialed nurses with the specialized training and experience required to care for these injuries, as well as, trauma nurse practitioners, residents, patient care technicians, respiratory therapists, and clinical pharmacists and support staff all dedicated to providing critical trauma care.

An STU annex of seven additional intensive care beds is available to meet increased volume demands. Burn injured patients are cared for at the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center with care directed by dedicated burn surgeons.

The trauma team offers Surgical Critical Care Intensivist Service for Crozer Keystone surgeons, which enhances the continuity and quality of care for patients who need complex surgery and who have advanced cardiac or pulmonary diseases that increase their risk for surgery. The Intensivists make daily visits/assessments throughout the duration of the patient’s stay in the STU.

In the Hospital

Trauma Team - In the Hospital

All inpatient units such as the operating room (OR), post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), intermediate care unit and medical surgical general care unit are staffed with trauma credentialed  nurses who are prepared to provide care for all types of traumatic injuries during all phases of recovery or stages of the patient stay.

Every morning, our dedicated trauma team of surgeons, residents, nurse practitioners, social workers, case managers, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionist and pharmacists meet to review each patients status prior to visiting every patient at the bedside where the team assesses the patient’s condition and progress, and updates his or her daily care plan.

Throughout the day, as the plan of care is implemented, physicians and trauma nurse practitioners respond to the bedside immediately at the request of the nurse. Trauma providers are also available to meet with patient and their families to discuss their recovery status and engage them in decision making related to the immediate and long-term plan of care. As needed, the trauma team may engage rehabilitative liaisons and palliative care consultations for patients and their families.

Members of the trauma team are present in the hospital 24 hours a day and seven days a week to ensure our immediate availability to meet all trauma patient care needs - from admission to discharge to ongoing recovery and rehabilitation.

In the Community

Crozer-Keystone's Trauma Unit offers several community outreach programs for kids, seniors and healthcare professionals. Learn more »

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