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It Takes a Team: Level II Trauma


As a Level II Trauma Center, St. Anthony’s has trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons on call 24/7. They must be “immediately available,” or present at the patient’s bedside at the time of the patient’s arrival at the hospital when prior notification is possible, and no more than 20 minutes from the hospital under normal driving and weather conditions.

“When EMS calls with a critical/Class 1 trauma patient, such as Dwayn Brooks, a trauma activation is paged to the trauma surgeon, Respiratory, X-ray, chaplain and Operating Room charge nurse, who respond immediately to the Emergency Department room assigned to the patient,” said Amy Brammer, R.N., Trauma Program Manager for St. Anthony’s Emergency Department. The ED staff prepares for the patient’s arrival and anticipates the patient’s needs from the report EMS has given. The ED physicians and nurses are specially trained in the care of the injured patient.”

It’s not always easy to know when to call 911. But dismissing an injury or symptoms can have serious consequences. 

 “We’ve had trauma, stroke and heart attack patients who probably would have lived had they called EMS instead of driving themselves to the hospital,” said St. Anthony’s Amy Brammer. “If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate. Call 911 immediately.”