The Trauma team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive trauma care for patients and their families. Some facts about the Trauma center:
The Trauma program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center has an enormous impact on trauma education in the nation’s capital. We have three rotating teams of surgical residents that comprise the Trauma service; one from the hospital’s own training program, one from Georgetown University and one from the Uniformed Services Health Science University. Students from these programs as well as many others from around the world rotate on our service.
Our collaboration with the military goes beyond training their surgeons in trauma care. Military attending trauma surgeons collectively take up to eight nights per month of trauma on-call at the Hospital Center, keeping their skills up during peacetime, and helping train military doctors during conflict. We have a long history of collaborating on important and innovative research, resulting in many original publications.
The Hospital Center is actively involved in treating injury and in preventing it. A full-time injury prevention coordinator is on staff to provide education and program development on injury prevention. We speak at local schools and community events, and participate in driving safety and child restraint awareness programs. It is part of our mission to gather data on local trauma patterns, and find the best, most effective ways of preventing these injuries.
Following are some the criteria that must be met, in order to be certified as a Level I Trauma Center: