Specialized Care for the Most Critical Injuries. Trauma care is a surgical specialty that treats the most severe, life-threatening injuries. Trauma centers take care of cases that are beyond what most emergency rooms can handle. There are only 24 trauma centers across Florida. Broward Health has trauma centers at Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, and a pediatric trauma center at Salah Foundation Broward Health Children's Hospital.
- Our Trauma Center at Broward Health Medical Center is designated a Level I Trauma Center - the highest level available.
- Our Trauma Center at Broward Health Children's Hospital is designated a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center - one of only two in Broward County.
- Our trauma center at Broward Health North is designated a Level II Trauma Center.
- Our MEDEVAC helicopter transports seriously injured patients from remote areas for immediate care.
- Our trauma centers work closely with Emergency Medical Services.
How Do You Know If Someone Needs Trauma Care?
Traumatic injuries are so severe that they could cause death if not treated in within the hour. These are often injuries caused by serious vehicle accidents, gun or knife wounds, severe burns, and falls that break multiple bones.
Broward Health Medical Center Trauma Services
The Trauma Center at Broward Health Medical Center has been accredited as a Level I Trauma Center, the highest level available, since 1998 and is the only center treating pediatric trauma patients in the northern two-thirds of the county. Trauma patients are initially evaluated and cared for in the state of the art Trauma Resuscitation Unit which includes 4 trauma resuscitation rooms and 6 observation rooms. A dedicated operating room suite is also available just for trauma patients 24 hours a day. The trauma surgeons and administrative staff at Broward Health Medical Center are involved in ongoing trauma-related research and education and also maintain partnerships with the State of Florida Department of Health, the Broward County Trauma Management Agency, Fire Rescue/EMS agencies and the Medical Examiner.
Broward Health North Trauma Services
Broward Health North became a state-designated Level II trauma center in 1992. Today, our expansions are helping keep up with the growth in our city and neighboring communities. In 2015, Broward Health invested $75 million dollars to expand the trauma center, emergency department and operating rooms. That investment not only reflects the commitment of Broward Health North to provide the highest level of care to our community, but it also increased our ability to serve as a regional disaster response center.
Broward Health North’s trauma services goes above and beyond that of a typical hospital. Broward Health North provides education and outreach in the community, as well as working closely with emergency medical service providers. As a community asset, our community expects us to be responsible stewards of its care, and to do what we do best, save lives.
Stop the Bleed Training
Do you know what to do in a bleeding emergency? Broward Health North’s Trauma Department invites individual, businesses and organizations to attend free hands-on “Stop the Bleed” training, a free public workshop to help individuals become empowered and equipped to help save lives in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. At different skill stations, learn from experts on how to properly apply a tourniquet, pack wounds, and apply check seals.
Stop the Bleeding Coalition
In response to numerous mass casualty events, in 2013 the American College of Surgeons first called for training the public in bleeding control techniques. Numerous government agencies and public service organizations are active participants in the national Stop the Bleeding Coalition. According to national statistics published by the Coalition, 35 percent of pre-hospital deaths are the result of hemorrhaging and 80 percent of mass casualty victims arrive by non-emergency vehicles. As a result, the Coalition is actively encouraging training and wider use of proven battlefield military medical techniques such as the proper application of tourniquets. Estimates by the American College of Surgeons indicate as many as 120,000 people have participated in “Stop the Bleed” training programs throughout the United States.
FREE INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
As a trauma center we provide integrated care for our community through awareness and injury prevention programs for all ages.
- Bicycle safety
- Pedestrian safety
- Car Fit Training
- Fall Awareness and Prevention Education
- The #1 cause of injury for seniors
- Dangers of Distracted and Impaired Driving
- Broward County Drivers Education Program
- Stop the Bleed education for the community
- Survive the Ride
- Education program for EMS Providers
Due to current COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing workshops and programs have been postponed until we can resume normal activities. If your family, business or organization are interested in participating in a workshop, reach out to our Trauma Department by calling 954.786.6965.
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Salah Foundation Children's Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center & Broward Health Coral Springs
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316