Specialties

  • What is Shock Trauma?

  • Shock Trauma refers to the coordinated, multidisciplinary management of these closely related conditions from initial diagnosis through intensive treatment for optimal patient outcomes.

    A serious injury, surgical procedure, major illness or infection frequently results in the medical emergency known as shock.
    When a patient is in shock, the circulatory system fails to maintain adequate blood flow, dangerously compromising the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs. Left untreated, this rapid drop in blood flow throughout the body can result in permanent organ damage or death.

    Trauma is often the consequence of a motor vehicle crash, serious fall, gunshot wound, stabbing, assault or fire. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, trauma is one of the five leading causes of death in the U.S. It takes the lives of more people between the ages of 1 and 44 than any disease or illness.

    "More than 8,000 patients are admitted into Centura Health's integrated trauma system each year. As the state-designated Level 1 trauma center, St. Anthony Hospital is called upon to care for many of the most seriously injured and ill. "When we think of shock trauma care, we're addressing the entire continuum of care. Start to finish. Prehospital through rehabilitation. Each component has a direct and dynamic impact on overall patient outcome. If we are to perform well as a system, we must be confident there is strength at every level." - Charles Mains, MD, FACS, Director of Trauma Services at St. Anthony Hospital.