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Emergency and Trauma

Trauma Center

The St. Mary Trauma Center is one of 31 regional trauma centers to meet the tough standards required for accreditation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundations (PTSF). Our Trauma Center is fully equipped to handle all types of immediate care needs. From severely injured accident victims and patients requiring immediate critical care to the prompt and effective treatment of a broken bone or deep laceration, trauma-certified physicians and specially trained clinical personnel excel in providing quality standards of professional care. The St. Mary Trauma Team is designed to coordinate multiple aspects of treatment and follow-up care.

The trauma center includes state-of-the-art trauma bays with immediate access to diagnostic services and a sterile operating-room environment. Trauma patients are given priority admission and immediate access to full services, including OR and CAT scan.

The most common causes of injury that bring patients to a trauma center are falls and motor vehicle crashes.  These events cause life-threatening trauma in multiple areas of the body. Other common causes of injury include burns, gunshot wounds, and assaults.

The major component that differentiates a Trauma Center from emergency care is the requirement for 24-hour availability of a team of specially trained healthcare providers who have expertise in the care of severely injured patients.

These providers include trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, cardiac surgeons, radiologists and nurses. A Trauma Center also needs to have 24-hour availability of a trauma resuscitation area in the Emergency Department, an operating room, laboratory testing, diagnostic testing, blood bank and pharmacy.

Multi-Disciplinary Services

The St. Mary Trauma Team provides a multi-disciplinary approach, designed to coordinate multiple aspects of treatment and follow-up care.

Additional team members include:

  • Laboratory and Diagnostic Services; Blood Bank certified by the American Association of Blood Banks
  • Radiology, (including two CAT scanners, high-field strength MRI and open MRI systems)
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Support
  • Social Service
  • Spiritual Care
  • Home Health Care

Nirav K. Shah, neurosurgeon with Princeton Brain & Spine Care, quoted in Wall Street Journal story, "The NFL's Standardized Concussion Tests"