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What to Expect

Treatment for trauma patients follows established patterns proven to provide the most effective care for patients and support for families.

At the Scene

When trauma occurs, local county emergency medical services (EMS) personnel respond immediately with highly trained professionals and/or volunteers. Trauma patients are brought to Miami Valley Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center by ground or air, depending on the severity of their injuries, travel distance and traffic conditions. CareFlight Air and Mobile Services transport critically injured patients to Miami Valley Hospital. During the transport, the flight crew is in radio contact with the hospital’s communications center to relay information about the patient’s injuries and medical condition. The communications center staff alerts the trauma team so they can prepare for the patient’s arrival and decide how to best evaluate and treat injuries.

Emergency Department

When a patient arrives at Miami Valley, a team of trauma and emergency responders is standing by. Trauma specialists are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to receive trauma patients in fully equipped treatment rooms called trauma bays. Immediately, an initial assessment is performed, identifying and treating life-threatening injuries. Board-certified specialty physicians are on call and available at any time for consultation and treatment.

Miami Valley’s Level I Trauma Center responds to each patient based on the severity of the injury. There are two distinct levels that are identified before the patient arrives at the hospital:

  • CAT 1 patients are severely injured with unstable vital signs. EMS personnel notify trauma responders at the hospital via pager and a trauma team assembles immediately to receive the patient. The team includes a trauma surgeon, emergency medicine physician, senior surgical resident, trauma nurses and other care providers.
  • CAT 2 patients are seriously injured but have stable vital signs. Team composition and response are modified slightly for these patients.

Surgical Care

Many trauma patients require surgery. Miami Valley Hospital’s Surgery Center has 24 surgical suites, including a designated trauma surgery suite equipped to handle the most serious injuries. Trauma surgeons lead the surgical care of trauma patients. They’re supported by the surgery center’s expertly trained multidisciplinary team that uses the latest surgical technologies. Board-certified surgeons in all specialties are available and can provide simultaneous multi-specialty approaches to optimize patient outcomes.

Care for the Family

When the family members of a trauma patient arrive at the Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center, they are taken to see the patient and discuss the medical situation with a physician as soon as possible. A social worker is always available to support families and facilitate this process. If the care of the patient does not allow the family to immediately see the patient or the trauma team, the social worker or emergency department staff will take the family to the appropriate waiting area until the family can visit.

Content Updated: November 10, 2015

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Emergency & Trauma Services.
Emergency and Trauma at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Emergency Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Emergency Center in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
Emergency Center in Miamisburg
300 Austin West Blvd. Miamisburg, OH  45342
Emergency Department at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
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