Trauma Centers- East Coast - page 5

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I'm hoping to relocate to the East Coast within the next year and am open to location. My biggest hope is to work in a level one trauma center (and live near water) and I know minimal about hospitals out east and have done some... Read More


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    Quote from Mully
    How's the unit? Are there many traumas each day? 9000 seems like a huge over-estimate. Maybe 9000 trauma calls, but traumas come in many shapes and sizes. A hand lac from a domestic dispute or a car vs pedestrian?

    So I guess my question is, are there a lot of real traumas?
    Right now the acuity is unusually low, according to the staff, but there have definitely been a few interesting cases. Falls from all types of objects ranging from 8-30 ft, major MVCs, etc. Definitely no hand lacs lol. I would say they're more significant traumas then minor "boo boos". Time will tell though I suppose. There seems to be great teamwork and the unit seems promising. I hope to be challenged and learn a lot.
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    Quote from SticU <3
    Right now the acuity is unusually low, according to the staff, but there have definitely been a few interesting cases. Falls from all types of objects ranging from 8-30 ft, major MVCs, etc. Definitely no hand lacs lol. I would say they're more significant traumas then minor "boo boos". Time will tell though I suppose. There seems to be great teamwork and the unit seems promising. I hope to be challenged and learn a lot.

    Awesome! Sounds like the unit I work on.

    What I meant by the hand lac thing is that often times a trauma response will be called in the ER, even before the patient is known to be very serious. Many of these "traumas" actually need very little care because they were lucky. These patients never make it to the ICU, but it's likely that their number will get counted among the "9000 traumas".

    We get a lot of motor vehicle accidents, and falls as well. Someone recently had a deer jump through her window and mess her up pretty bad. I also got a GSW to the abdomen two weeks ago. It's a fun unit! Glad you like yours.
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    Well congrats and welcome to Balmer, hon (if you don't get that yet, trust me you will)
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    Quote from TerpGal02
    Well congrats and welcome to Balmer, hon (if you don't get that yet, trust me you will)
    Oh I got it. Lol. Are you a Balmer native?
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    Quote from Mully

    Awesome! Sounds like the unit I work on.

    What I meant by the hand lac thing is that often times a trauma response will be called in the ER, even before the patient is known to be very serious. Many of these "traumas" actually need very little care because they were lucky. These patients never make it to the ICU, but it's likely that their number will get counted among the "9000 traumas".

    We get a lot of motor vehicle accidents, and falls as well. Someone recently had a deer jump through her window and mess her up pretty bad. I also got a GSW to the abdomen two weeks ago. It's a fun unit! Glad you like yours.
    I totally understand what you mean by "hand lac" lol. I think that every ICU sees a patient like that now and then that somehow manages to slip through the crack. I wouldn't be surprised if the number of traumas counted include minor "traumas".

    Deer aren't very smart, are they? Hope the patient recovered from her incident. I think I'll always need a trauma element to my patient population. :-)


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