About the Trauma Center
The Trauma Center’s Trauma Resuscitation Area in N-Building has five, with the capability to expand to nine, fully functional trauma bays and is staffed by dedicated and credentialed trauma nurses.
The Trauma Team is activated through a streamlined system in which the Team is notified by prehospital personnel that a trauma patient is on the way. The Team immediately prepares for the patient, using information provided by the prehospital providers, to ensure that there is no delay in treatment when the patient arrives.
A team of highly skilled staff work together in a dynamic operating room suite that contains leading-edge equipment. The operating suite is adjacent to the trauma bays and is available 24 hours per day for any patient need. This area is staffed by trauma nurses who have participated in the Trauma Nurse Course and have completed trauma specific competencies.
The operating suite can accommodate the following surgical specialties:
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- Open heart
- Plastic surgery
About Our Surgeons
Trauma and surgical critical care surgeons are responsible for initially resuscitating, stabilizing, and later evaluating and managing the patient. The attending trauma surgeon also leads the trauma team, which includes nurses and support staff as well as resident physicians. Reading Hospital Trauma Center surgeons are trained in general surgery and are board-certified in surgical critical care. They regularly communicate and collaborate with each other to provide the best possible care. This means as a patient, it is not unusual to see more than one trauma surgeon during your stay at the hospital.
About Our Advanced Care Practitioners
Our advanced practitioners work with board-certified physicians providing front-line management of critically ill or injured patients. These advanced practitioners, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, function alone and in collaboration with surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat, and manage complex injuries and critical illness.
The Trauma Center offers several advanced specialty units for giving the most comprehensive and advanced care to patients.
Post-anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
The 34-bed PACU is designated for both pediatric and adult patients with orthopedic and neurological injuries who don’t require intensive care after surgery. Every nurse in the PACU has completed the Trauma Nurse Course, PALS, ACLS, and the Critical Care Nurse Course.
Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
The SICU, a 21-bed unit, is the only trauma-designated intensive care unit in the county. We admit critically injured trauma patients with trauma conditions such as neurosurgical, abdominal, thoracic and orthopedic injuries. The nurses working in this unit participate in the Trauma Nurse Course, Critical Care Nurse Course, ACLS, PALS, and have several trauma-related specialty certifications.
Orthopedic Medical Surgical Unit (N5W)
Our Orthopedics Unit, a 29-bed unit, treats patients with orthopedic trauma, general orthopedic or spinal injuries and neurosurgical injuries. This unit is staffed by nurses who have completed the Trauma Nurse Course, meet trauma-specific competencies, and have the option to become Certified Orthopedic Nurses.
General Surgery Unit (C2)
This 41-bed surgical unit focuses on the post-surgery patient and those who have spent time in the SICU. Nurses working in this unit participate in the Trauma Nurse Course and have several options for trauma-related specialty certification.
Pediatrics Unit (B3)
The Pediatrics Unit, a 20-bed pediatric patient care unit, cares for neonates through adolescents, 18 years of age and under who are hospitalized for medical or surgical problems. Nurses working in the unit participate in the Trauma Nurse Course, PALS, and have several options for trauma-related specialty certification.