Level II Trauma Center in Bradenton, Florida

Blake Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center designated by the Florida Department of Health. This means the staff at our hospital provides expert trauma care to patients throughout Bradenton and its surrounding communities. The sooner a trauma patient receives treatment the better, so having access to trauma care close to home is crucial.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. For non-emergency questions about our Level II Trauma Center, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 359-3552.

Multidisciplinary, integrated trauma care

As part of being a Level II Trauma Center, a board-certified trauma surgeon is on-site at all times. The trauma care team is also made up of ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, plastic surgeons, ophthalmic physicians, spine surgeons and orthopedists. Additionally, pediatricians, obstetricians and neonatologists are available, as needed, to care for children and pregnant women who have sustained a trauma.

Our trauma care is implemented with seamless transitions and faster turnaround times between all areas of care, including:

What is a trauma?

A trauma is a serious injury or shock to the body. Trauma is caused by a physical force, such as violence or an accident. Traumatic injuries can vary and can sometimes be complicated by psychiatric, behavioral and social factors, resulting in a disability that goes deeper than a physical injury. Patients who have experienced a trauma almost always require care from a highly trained healthcare professional.

Trauma conditions we treat

A trauma can result from a range of circumstances. Our trauma surgeons commonly treat injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, drowning, gunshots, fires and burns, stabbings, physical assault, flood and earthquake. These events can lead to injuries that may affect the abdomen, back, upper extremities, lower extremities, eyes, face, head, mouth and neck.

What it means to be a trauma center

Trauma centers provide specialized medical services and resources to patients with traumatic injuries. Appropriate treatment has been shown to increase positive outcomes for injured patients. Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life threatening and disabling injuries.

The major difference between a hospital without and a hospital with a trauma center is the requirement for 24-hour availability of a trauma care team. These providers include trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists and nurses. Specialty resources also include 24-hour availability of a trauma resuscitation area in the emergency room (ER), an operating room, laboratory testing, diagnostic testing, blood bank and pharmacy.

Hospitals that pursue trauma center accreditation must comply with the thorough trauma care accreditation process through the Florida Department of Health and are required to assure trauma care is delivered according to established standards of care.