Trauma

Our goals as Duke Trauma Center are to:

  • Provide the best care possible to trauma patients
  • Educate health care providers in the care of trauma patients
  • Prevent injury through education of the public on safety issues
  • Participate in trauma research
  • Assist health care facilities and the public to prepare for disasters

The Duke Trauma Center is part of a statewide trauma system dedicated to the care of those that become victims of trauma injury. Regulated by legislative rules, we work with other trauma centers in the state to ensure that trauma care is available to all. As you can imagine, to accomplish these goals there are many different components to the Trauma Center. There is an in-patient service, Trauma Services, where the patient with multiple types of injuries can be admitted for care. The trauma physicians lead a team of people to provide the best care possible to the trauma patient. This team is made up of doctors, nurses, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, nutritionist, social workers, chaplains, and more. In addition are the many specialties that can become involved in a patients’ care such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, pediatrics, emergency medicine, plastics, radiology, and so many others.

It is not just the patients that come to Duke but also those in our referring area that we care about. We have the Duke Regional Advisory Committee to act as a facilitator within our region. Through this committee we are able to provide educational opportunities for hospital and EMS personnel, performance improvement initiatives, and networking forums. See the Duke RAC page of our website for more information.

We are one of the few groups in the world that try to put themselves out of business. Our Injury Prevention Program works to decrease trauma in all of the leading causes of trauma. Programs to prevent injuries from falls, motor vehicle crashes, guns, bikes, swimming, poisoning are just a few of the areas addresses. Working with our partners in the community such as the police, fire fighters, Safe Kids organization, public health, and others make these efforts organized and successful. See the Injury Prevention page of our website for more information.

A big part of the Trauma Center is the Disaster Response and Recovery Program. This is part of a statewide program to provide hospitals, EMS agencies, and other healthcare agencies support in developing and implementing their disaster preparedness plans. Education, equipment, and support are some of the things this program can provide. A second initiative to this program is the State Medical Assistance Team or SMAT. This team of volunteers from within the region, at the request of the state, can respond to and assist with medical care in the event of a disaster. More informational can be found under Disaster Preparedness in this website.

In any of the areas mentioned above the key is data and performance improvement. As a Trauma Center we collect a tremendous amount of data related to trauma. This data collection (trauma registry) and the analyzing of the data (performance improvement) is the driving force behind what we do. Treatment guidelines, injury prevention, educational offerings, and research ideas are developed based on the data we gather.

This was a short overview of what we as a Trauma Center do. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us.