The Division of Trauma at Sinai Hospital is one of four Level II Trauma Centers in the state of Maryland. A Level II Center is defined as a center able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients. Key elements of a Level II Center include 24-hour immediate coverage by trauma surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care. The Level II Trauma Center is committed to being a leader within the region not only in the provision of patient care but also in trauma prevention and continuing education of the trauma team members. It is also dedicated to continued improvement in trauma care through a comprehensive quality assessment program
Sinai follows Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) criteria and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma "Gold Book" to allocate resources optimally for the injured patient. In 2004, Sinai treated over 1,600 trauma patients according to the Maryland State Trauma Registry and that number continues to grow. Sinai's Division of Trauma has a commitment to deliver excellence in care to trauma patients. As Maryland's third largest teaching hospital, Sinai is committed to the education of physicians, nurses and other allied health providers.
Lifesaving Care at Sinai
The Regional Trauma Center at Sinai Hospital is ready and able to provide immediate trauma care to all injured patients at any hour of the day or night.
Sinai has a trauma team and other specialists on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week. Vital support services- such as the blood bank, laboratories and diagnostic radiology- are also available at all times. In addition, Sinai has special, state-of-the-art equipment on hand to resuscitate, stabilize and support even the most seriously injured patients. As a result, Sinai has been given the designation of a Level II Trauma Center by the state of Maryland and has been re-verified by MIEMSS without any major deficiencies for more than two decades.
ER-7, Sinai's Emergency Department sees more than 75,000 adult and pediatric patients each year, with a variety of illnesses, from the most minor to the most severe. ER-7 has a highly trained staff to deal with the most acutlely ill and injured patients. All ER-7 physicians involved in trauma care are ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support®) certified.
Operating Rooms and Critical Care
Sinai Hospital's operating rooms are available 24 hours, seven days a week for patients requiring immediate surgery.The Surgical Intensive Care Unit is staffed with 24/7 intensivist coverage. Advanced ventilator capabilities are available. Respiratory therapists and other ancillary staff trained in the unique needs of the injured patient are also part of the patient care team.
In addition, there is a specialized ortho-neuro-trauma care unit and an in-house (sub) acute rehabilitation unit, which includes physical therapy, occupation therapy and other resources.
Sinai also offers advanced radiology capabilities, including CT, MRI interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and ultrasound, with trained attending radiologists who immediately read all trauma studies.
As a Level II Trauma Center, Sinai provides 24-hour coverage by specialists in a number of areas including:
Neurosurgery--Chief: Neal Naff, M.D.
Sinai's Neurosurgery program is committed to excellence in the diagnosis of patients with injury to the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. Sinai offers state-of-the-art neurosurgical suites with a dedicated operating roomteam.
Orthopedic Surgery--Director of Orthopedic Trauma: Stephen Bell, M.D.
The Orthopedic Surgery team is immediately available for orthopedic trauma surgery, complex fracture fixation and implementation of external fixators. Sinai is home to the internationally renowned Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics and the Spine Center, with the most orthopedic admissions per year in the state of Maryland.
Pediatrics--Chief: Joseph Wiley, M.D.
All Pediatric traumas are co-managed with a Pediatric Anesthesia/ Critical Care team. Sinai offers the highest level of coverage in their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit andNeonatal Intensive Care Unit. Pediatricians follow all pediatric traumas throughout their admission.
Division of Trauma