Injury is the leading cause of death for people under 44 years old and the fourth leading cause of death for people over 65 in the U.S. Most injuries in the U.S. are the result of motor vehicle crashes, falls and/or assaults. When it comes to treating major injuries, research has shown that receiving care at a Level One Trauma Center within one hour of the injury greatly decreases the risk of death.What is a Level One Trauma Center?To be recognized as a Level One Trauma Center, a hospital must be equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive and skilled services to severely injured patients. Staff members – including physicians, residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and radiology technicians – are specifically trained to handle complex and life-threatening injuries. Additionally, trauma surgeons must be in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Level One Trauma Center at SLU HospitalFor more than 25 years, Saint Louis University Hospital has been a designated Level One Trauma Center for Missouri and Illinois, and remains just as dedicated today in providing the highest quality care for traumatically injured patients. In 2008, the hospital received the highest national recognition when it was verified as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level One Trauma Center.Caring for the critically-injured is the quintessential example of multidisciplinary medical care. SLU Hospital’s trauma program is a multidisciplinary academic endeavor with Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SLUCare. The program is committed to treating trauma patients and improving patient outcomes by providing integrated, specialized care and clinical research.At SLU Hospital, patients are cared for by a team of board-certified trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians, as well as emergency department and critical care nurses, who are extensively trained to care for the most critically injured patients. The trauma team also works very closely with orthopaedic trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, facial trauma, plastic, urology, vascular, and spine surgeons. As the leader of the trauma team, a trauma surgeon, who is specially-trained to perform complex surgical procedures on all areas of the body, oversees the patient’s overall care to ensure an optimal outcome.In addition to saving lives, SLU Hospital’s trauma program also trains the tomorrow’s healthcare leaders – including medical students, residents, fellows, nurses and other healthcare providers – in quality trauma care by offering educational experiences and injury prevention programs.
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