Trauma protocols require that a board-certified trauma surgeon is on duty at all times. Specialty surgeons are also part of the team including ear, nose and throat, plastic and ophthalmic physicians. As expected, trauma-trained spine surgeons and orthopedic physicians are key specialists recruited to local physician practices. Pediatric physicians, obstetricians and neonatologists are on staff to care for pregnant women and children who may also be trauma patients.
Launching the trauma center improved acute care services throughout Blake Medical Center. Trauma care demands a seamless transition to all aspects of care including the Emergency Room, Surgical Services and Digital Imaging services such as CT scans. Faster turnaround is demanded for all impacted areas of the hospital.