Texas Medical Center Announces New Trauma Institute
The Texas Medical Center in Houston already has a well-respected trauma care program that includes Ben Taub Hospital and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight program. After the center announced the establishment of the Texas Trauma Institute, the Texas Medical Center’s ability to care for high-risk emergency patients made another great leap forward. According to The Memorial Examiner, the Texas Trauma Institute plans to dedicate its resources and advance research in ways that will continue to improve patient survival and quality of life for both adult and pediatric trauma victims.
The Memorial Herman – Texas Medical Center Campus has one of the country’s busiest Level 1 trauma centers, writes MarketWatch. According to ABC 13, the hospital treats over 55,000 trauma patients a year. To further improve trauma care, the new Texas Trauma Institute will be one-of-a-kind in Texas, devoting itself to the development and application of unique medical technologies in a cohesive way that will help teach, diagnose, and deliver the best possible care for trauma patients.
Memorial Hermann Life Flight Helicopters
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"With trauma injury projected to be the leading cause of death worldwide by the year 2020, the Institute will provide us with a unique opportunity to move research from the laboratory to the bedside," said John B. Holcomb, M.D., FAACS and director of The Texas Trauma Institute. "The Institute will be a wonderful catalyst for driving innovations in trauma care by providing us with the necessary data that can help improve the survival and recovery rates of trauma victims, not only in the Houston region, but throughout the United States."
In this day and age, trauma injury is the principal cause of death and disability for Americans under the age of 44. The Texas Trauma Institute will contain 200 beds, provide high-quality care and offer a variety of services, including admission to the city’s only burn center. Trauma patients will also be able to access other services critical to good trauma care, including trauma and neuro critical care; trauma surgery; orthopedic surgery; emergency general surgery; emergency medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oral maxillofacial, plastic and ENT surgery; hand surgery and plastic reconstructive surgery; transfusion medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation; OB/GYN; urology; opthamology; heart and vascular; anesthesia; radiology; and hospitalists.
The Texas Medical Center in Houston
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Good trauma care and research is essential to patient survival rates. It can also reduce the risk of permanent injury. With one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, the Texas Medical Center’s trauma care will certainly improve a great deal with the establishment of the Texas Trauma Institute. Hopefully, many lives will be saved and injuries prevented.
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