BY: BOSTON TRAUMA STAFF, March 31, 2014
One of the many strengths of Boston Medical Center is the commitment of the many specialty services that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any ill or injured patient in need. The Trauma Center at BMC is the longest continuously verified Level I trauma program in the city of Boston and has earned the reputation of one of the country’s finest trauma programs and is one of several Centers of Excellence at Boston Medical Center. We achieve excellence with the help of dedicated staff members from various specialties and departments whom all play an integral role in caring for our patients.
For example when a trauma patient is brought to Boston Medical Center we have a Trauma Activation Process in place to respond to patients’ needs in a timely fashion. Among them include a trauma surgeon, emergency medicine attending physician, residents, nurses and other staff as needed respond. All are prepared to provide timely care to patients in their most critical state.
From the emergency department the trauma patient is either admitted to a definitive treatment area, i.e. operating room, critical care unit or surgical floor. Our multidisciplinary trauma team continues to care for the critically injured patients throughout their hospital stay. We have trauma nurse practitioners/physician assistants, respiratory therapists, rehabilitative specialists, dietitians, case managers and social workers available at patient’s bedside to assist as needed.
We also rely on the expertise and experience of the multidisciplinary services provided by Surgical Critical Care, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Radiology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Urology to provide comprehensive care to all trauma and critical care patients. These team members work closely with the Division of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery/ Surgical Critical Care to provide the high level of monitoring, continuous consultation and individualized plans of care for each patient. We all work together to minimize length of stay while maximizing outcomes and return to normal activity.
This multidisciplinary group meets regularly to review clinical and systems issues in our practice and continually seeking opportunities for improvement.
We appreciate the dedication, commitment and compassion of our multidisciplinary teams in caring for our trauma and critically ill patients. It’s with their help we continue to provide exceptional care without exception.