Whether it’s a car crash or a sudden fall, traumatic injuries can happen in a split second. Timely, specialized care can make the difference between life and death.
Stormont Vail Health’s Level II Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons, is equipped to provide treatment to patients with all types and levels of injuries.
What’s the Difference Between the Emergency Department and Trauma Center?
Our Emergency Department offers care for conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, stomach pain, sprains, and strains.
Our Trauma Services team cares for patients with injuries that are immediately life-threatening or very serious, such as:
- Gunshot wounds
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Serious falls
- Stab wounds
- Injuries from serious vehicle crashes
- We offer care 24 hours a day.
- We’re staffed with general surgeons as well as specialists in: orthopedic surgery, including specialists for pelvic, hand, foot and ankle injuries; neurosurgery; anesthesiology; emergency medicine; interventional radiology; cardiothoracic surgery; ophthalmology; ear, nose and throat surgery; plastic surgery; urology; and critical care.
We work closely with the Emergency Department to provide care to severely injured patients. The care doesn’t stop at initial treatment. If you’re admitted to the hospital, we provide additional care with our inpatient trauma team, which will:
- Monitor your physical condition
- Assess your needs for recovery
- Work with your family to make sure you’ll have the care you need after going home.
- When you are released, we will send follow-up information to your primary care physician or health system to keep him or her updated on your injury, treatment, and your condition when you left the hospital.
Conditions We Treat
Critical injuries that need surgery right away — for example, trauma to internal organs, or internal bleeding
- Facial trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe cuts or amputations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spinal fractures
- Skull fractures
- Cuts and puncture wounds
Meet Our Team
Stormont Vail’s trauma surgeons have gone through trauma care training and are committed to serving Topeka and the surrounding areas. We collaborate with Mayo Clinic’s trauma team to reassess the best practices for trauma care. From initial treatment to the time you leave the hospital, we have a team of experts to take care of you.
Trauma Resuscitation Response Team
The Trauma Response Team works to assess, stabilize the critically injured patient, and begin surgery, if needed. The team consists of specialists from departments such as:
- Trauma Surgery
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care
- Respiratory Therapy
- Medical Imaging
- Social Work
- Spiritual Care
- Blood Bank
Inpatient Trauma Team
After initial treatment, we monitor your health and advise you on your recovery to reduce your risk of complications. The trauma team includes your surgeon, trauma advanced practice provider, and nurse to care for your medical needs. As you recover, our trauma dietitian develops a nutrition plan that is designed to meet your energy needs for healing. Later, you may work with rehabilitation specialists to regain or improve mobility. You also may work with a pharmacist, respiratory therapist, trauma case manager and social worker.
You may also see providers from specialties such as: neurosurgery; orthopedic surgery; interventional radiology; cardiothoracic surgery; ophthalmology; ear, nose and throat surgery; plastic surgery; urology; critical care; and pediatric critical care.
In the Community
Sometimes, severe injuries can lead to disabilities — even with access to the best possible trauma medicine. This is why the best care for trauma is prevention: keeping yourself safe from an injury.
We offer resources and workshops designed for different ages to educate the community about trauma prevention — especially for common causes of injuries, such as falls and motor vehicle crashes. Whether you have been injured before or not, we encourage you to learn how to protect yourself from injury.
We are committed to keeping our community safe and we are part of several state and nationwide education initiatives on injury prevention.
As the only trauma center and leader in trauma care in the region, we offer continued education to help health providers from the community grow. Learn more about our continuing education provided for trauma professionals here.