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Comprehensive Trauma Care Treatment Information
We provide personalized treatments and support for you and your loved one throughout the healing process, including:
- Critical care. After initial treatments and surgeries are complete, patients may receive around the clock monitoring in critical care. Critical care physicians specialize in managing the symptoms of severe illnesses and injuries such as respiratory failure, pressure around the brain, organ failure and pain. Our experts use medicines and advanced technology to keep patients stable and comfortable and allow them to heal.
- Critical care transport. IU Health LifeLine ground and air transport staff offers expert care while transporting critically injured patients. Each staff member undergoes extensive training in performing lifesaving techniques and identifying life-threatening issues such as internal bleeding. LifeLine vehicles feature special equipment such as ultrasounds, isolettes for neonatal patients and medical grade oxygen. In addition, they are the state’s only critical care transport service that performs blood transfusions, which are vital after traumatic injury. Combined, the special training, equipment and highly skilled staff keep patients stable until reaching the hospital for further treatment.
- Hand surgery. Because hands are so delicate and important to our daily lives, they require the care of fellowship-trained surgeons. Our hand surgeons are experts at performing intricate and complex procedures on hands to restore function and feeling as well as possible.
- Hybrid suite. Hybrid suites are set up to allow both open surgeries and noninvasive interventional radiology procedures at the same time. This is essential for complex traumatic injuries that affect different parts of the body as it allows multiple surgeons to perform procedures in the best ways possible at the same time. For instance, interventional radiologists may work on stopping bleeding in the pelvis while a general surgeon repairs damaged spleen or liver. IU Health Methodist Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the nation to use these suites for care of traumatic injuries.
- Imaging and radiology services. Imaging technology, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans play a vital role in identifying and treating injuries. At IU Health, these procedures are available around the clock to assist with trauma care. Interventional radiologists also play a role in trauma care as they quickly stop internal bleeding without creating large incisions. First, radiologists identify the locations of bleeding using X-ray technology. They then make a small incision in the groin and use the X-rays to guide small coils or foam through the arteries to the spot of the bleeding. The coils and foam encourage clotting, stopping the bleeding quickly.
- Neurosurgery. Our neurosurgeons are leaders in the state, administering care for complex brain and spinal injuries. Their years of experience as well as trauma research ensure patients receive the latest, high-quality care possible. IU Health is also home to the largest neurocritical care unit where patients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries receive specialized around-the-clock care. Surgeons offer advanced care for brain and spinal cord injuries at IU Health Neuroscience Center in Indianapolis, even in later stages of recovery, we perform life-changing surgeries that can improve and restore certain functions.
- Orthopedic trauma surgery. Severe traumatic injuries often result in complex bone fractures. Our orthopedic surgeons have extensive training in repairing these fractures, as well as tears in muscles and ligaments. They work together with other specialists to manage injuries such as a crushed pelvis, bone fractures or traumatic amputation.
- Rehabilitation. Our physical, occupational and speech therapists provide care both in and outside of the hospital and on a short- and long-term basis depending on a patient’s needs. We strive to improve mobility and strength while decreasing pain and disability. Our therapists help patients regain the ability to speak, eat, dress themselves, walk and even run after injury. Your loved one receives personalized rehabilitation services to fit his or her abilities and condition.
Comprehensive Trauma Care Support Services
Many different specialists are involved in the care of traumatic injuries. Find out more about these services by visiting the websites below.
A Sampling of Comprehensive Trauma Care Support Services
IU Health Critical Care
Our fellowship-trained critical care physicians work with severely ill and injured patients on a daily basis, offering advanced techniques to keep patients stable as they heal.
IU Health Neurology & Neurosurgery
The nationally-ranked physicians with IU Health Neuroscience provide care from neurosurgery through recovery, minimizing and managing long term damage to the brain and nerves.
IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
With years of experience and advanced fellowship training, IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physicians perform surgeries for rare and complex injuries.
IU Health Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Our physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists provide expert, personalized care focused on helping patients recover both in and out of the hospital.