Riverside Community Hospital is a
Level II Trauma Center that provides emergency care to patients across the Inland Empire 24 hours
per day. We have the largest ER in Riverside County and boast a helipad
to provide the fastest possible access to emergency care for patients
in outlying areas. All segments of our traumatic care services are available
around the clock to avoid delays in patient care. What exactly falls into
the category of traumatic injury? Here is what you need to know.
Traumatic Injury Basics
Traumatic injuries are physical injuries that are sudden and severe enough to require immediate
emergency care. With traumatic injuries, resuscitation is sometimes necessary,
and failure to get immediate treatment can result in significant long-term
complications or loss of life. Although nearly any accident can lead to
a traumatic injury, common causes are car accidents, falls, natural disasters,
and sports accidents.
Common Types of Traumatic Injuries
There are a vast number of types of traumatic injuries. These include open
fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations,
and facial traumas. Burns, electrical injuries, and acoustic injuries
are also traumatic. In some cases, injuries are internal, such as a collapsed
lung and myocardial contusion. Keep in mind that the severity of the injury
determines if it is considered traumatic. For instance, a minor burn would
not fall into this category.
Traumatic Injury Treatment
Treatment of traumatic injuries starts in a trauma bay, which is better
equipped than a standard ER room. Life-saving treatment begins in that
room, and then patients are transferred to surgery, imaging, or other
hospital departments as necessary. The goal of traumatic injury care is
to stabilize the patient and minimize the risk of long-term complications.
Riverside Community Hospital provides life-saving care in our Level II
Trauma Center as well as urgent care for heart attacks, strokes, and other
medical emergencies in our hospital ER. You can get more information about
our services, including organ transplant and OBGYN care, by calling (951) 788-3463.