About the Trauma Center
Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) Trauma Center is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region. It provides care for the most seriously injured patients in 17 counties in southwest Ohio and east Indiana 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2010, approximately 3,300 trauma cases were treated, making MVH Trauma Center one of the busiest and most experienced in the state. Trauma is its own distinct specialty within the hospital, but it is closely integrated with the MVH Emergency Department (ED) and all the other disciplines that come into contact with each trauma patient.
Trauma patients are brought to MVH by local and remote emergency medical services (EMS), including CareFlight Air and Mobile Services. Patients are also referred to MVH from outlying hospitals.
Speed to appropriate treatment is critical in trauma cases, and MVH has continually worked to minimize the time to begin care. When appropriate, MVH activates a Trauma Alert system in conjunction with CareFlight Air and Mobile Services and local emergency medical services (EMS). This activation alerts and assembles the trauma team and specialty surgeons who are ready when the patient arrives. MVH's Direct-to operating room (OR) plan can put patients into an operating room on arrival with no delay if necessary. Time-saving plans like these help to provide exceptional trauma care.
The trauma surgeons are also specialists in critical care and can treat heart and lung problems, bleeding, infection, and other complications related to severe injury. They are all dedicated to saving lives.
The discipline of trauma requires more than just trained trauma surgeons. Since trauma can involve injuries to multiple systems in the body, other specialty surgeons may be called in to help address specific conditions. These specialties may include: maxface surgeons (maxillofacial: treating head, neck, jaw, and face), neurosurgeons, and circulatory specialists. Orthopedic surgeons are often involved, but usually later, once the life-threatening injuries are addressed.