Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center works in conjunction with local emergency medical services (EMS), CareFlight Air and Mobile Services and local and regional hospitals in a 17-county area to deliver care at the right facility, in the right amount of time.
Key Members of Emergency Your Care Team
Team members at Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) are specially-trained to treat all types of emergencies, as well as the most severe traumatic injuries. Members of your care team may include:
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS): EMS providers include paramedics, emergency medical technicians and firefighters and are often the first to respond and treat patients before they reach the hospital.
- Physicians: Medical doctors (MD or DO) have overall responsibility for a patients’ care. Doctors collaborate with the laboratory, medical imaging, and other specialists, as necessary.
- Residents: Residents are licensed physicians who have finished medical school but are continuing training in a chosen specialty. They are responsible for routine patient care activities and keep the attending physician informed of each patient’s progress.
- Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners: These advanced practitioners assess a patient’s condition. The PA/NP works closely with the doctor and other team members to provide appropriate, timely medical care.
- Nurses: Registered nurses (RNs) assess and monitor patients’ physical condition, give medications, maintain IVs and keep patients and their families informed of any tests and procedures.
- Patient Care Assistants/ED Technicians: Patient care assistants (PCA), or emergency department (ED) technicians, work with nurses and doctors to care for patients. They check vital signs, collect laboratory specimens, transport patients to special testing and assist as needed to make patient stays as comfortable as possible.
- Social Workers: Social workers may assist in referring emergency care patients to outside agencies for follow-up medical care.
Trauma Center Team
Miami Valley Hospital’s trauma team is in a constant state of readiness, no matter how severe the injury. Our trauma team is led by trauma surgeons specially trained in managing the critically injured patient. They are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and respond within a few minutes of a trauma activation.
As specialists in critical care, trauma surgeons treat and manage the most medically complex patients. Our trauma surgeons are all board-certified and have at least five years of post-graduate school training. They treat patients not only in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), but also in the neurological, medical and heart and vascular ICUs at Miami Valley Hospital. They collaborate with the primary surgical team to aid in ventilator management as well as all critical issues involving all critically ill patients. This multidisciplinary approach is aimed at improved outcomes as well as shortening the patient's length of stay in the SICU.
Due to the complexity of the trauma patient population, our team also includes:
- Resident physicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Medical students
- Case managers
- Clinical social workers
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
- Other medical professionals
The trauma team is supported by other specialty services as needed, including:
- Orthopedic surgery
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Vascular surgery
- Plastic surgery
CareFlight Air and Mobile Services’ team is made up of more than 100 highly trained professionals, comprised of experienced paramedics, registered nurses, pilots, mechanics, communications specialists and emergency medical technicians. Each CareFlight helicopter staff includes two registered nurses with a minimum of three years of critical care experience and a pilot with a minimum of 2,500 flight hours. A paramedic with a minimum of three years full-time 9-1-1 experience, a flight nurse and an EMT driver make up the MICU team. All CareFlight nurses are cross trained as paramedics and maintain certifications in ACLC, PALS, ITLS and NRP.