Working Together to Save Trauma Patients

It can mean the difference between life and death. An Emergency team working on a patient.Every day, patients like Brandon Clark require the life-saving services provided by the Trauma Program at Hamilton General Hospital, the adult regional trauma centre for specialized care.

“Patients with severe injuries are transported here by ambulance or helicopter from throughout the region, often from other hospitals,” explains Barbara Klassen, Trauma Program Coordinator. “Our Trauma Team Leader and interdisciplinary specialists collaborate in the care of patients from the moment of their arrival in the Emergency Department, and oversee care until discharge.”

Specialists of different disciplines – such as vascular, respiratory and neurosurgical care – are brought onto the team as required. Every second counts for trauma patients with serious and complex injuries, and having a close collaboration between different specialties, such as orthopedics and general surgery, ensures the best care.

“Our team members are passionate about what they do. They are driven to provide excellent trauma care because our ultimate goal is to have best patient outcomes.”