When Every Second Counts

On average, the specialized trauma team at Hamilton General Hospital is called into action to save a life more than twice a day.

Staff at The General using a training dummy.

Trauma staff using a training dummy. Photo courtesy of Carole & Roy Timm Photography.

Whether a person is injured in a car crash, a workplace accident or a serious fall at home, seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

Hamilton General Hospital is home to one of the busiest trauma centres in Ontario, where experts in different disciplines collaborate as a team.

“Each trauma case has its own unique needs and the patient’s care must be synchronized between the different specialties,” says Dr. Niv Sne, a surgeon and Trauma Team Leader at The General. “Our teams include physicians, nurses, anesthetists, respiratory therapists, orthopedics, and other specialties as required.”

“Donor support helps us save the lives of people who live across south-central Ontario.”
– Dr. Sne

Causes of traumatic injuries

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of traumatic injury, accounting for nearly one third of trauma cases. Falls around the home are another major cause of trauma, especially during autumn when people climb ladders to clean eavestroughs and hang holiday lights. These falls can result in serious injuries to the head, neck, spine and internal organs.

“The General is a leading trauma centre in the region,” says Barb Klassen, Trauma Program Coordinator. “Patients are brought to us by land or air ambulance from community hospitals throughout south-central Ontario.”

It can happen to anyone

A traumatic incident can happen to anyone at anytime. Donor support of The Foundation helps to ensure that the Trauma Program has continued access to the medical equipment needed to keep The General on the leading edge of trauma care.

“Donor support helps us save the lives of people who live across south-central Ontario,” says Dr. Sne. “I feel extremely privileged to be in a position where I can make such a positive impact.”