A Trauma Team is a group of specially trained health professionals who work together in the emergency department to provide a seamless response to a traumatic injury. The Trauma Team is available upon a moment's notice 24 hours a day to care for people who have been critically injured. Research has shown that in order to save a trauma patient's life the key issue is the "Golden Hour." The Golden Hour is the first hour after injury. Studies show that proper resuscitation and treatment within this time frame increases the patient's chances of survival by 40 percent and decreases chances of complications.
The multidisciplinary Trauma Team is a group of healthcare professionals that provides care to trauma patients following the initial resuscitation and treatment. The team regularly reviews the patient's plan of care during patient rounds to ensure the highest quality of care. This team includes: trauma-trained physicians, registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, rehabilitation specialists, chemical dependency nurses, social workers and chaplains.