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10/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/08/2019 09:04

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Renewed as a Level 1 Trauma Center

The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) renewed the accreditation for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia as a Level 1 Trauma Center. There are only 14 Level 1 Trauma Center's in Pennsylvania and Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, which sees (at least) 1600 trauma patients a year, is one of the busiest.

'The Emergency Department is proud that our trauma program has received this acknowledgment of the excellent clinical care we provide in partnership with our trauma surgery colleagues every day,' said Dr. Betsy Datner, Einstein Chair of Emergency Medicine. 'We know that serving the Einstein community through our emergency and trauma services fulfills the mission of our organization and our own personal commitment to patient care and service.'

Trauma centers have the staff, services and equipment needed to care for patients who have experienced a traumatic injury-- a critical, life threatening bodily injury, often caused by something such as a car accident, fall injury or gunshot wound.

In Pennsylvania there are four levels of trauma centers:

Level I centers provide the highest degree of resources with a full spectrum of specialists and must have trauma research and surgical residency programs.

Level II centers do not require research and a residency program. In addition they do not require the following sub-specialists: cardiac surgery, hand surgery, vascular re-implantation, Oral/Maxillofacial surgery, otorhinolaryngological surgery, neurology, and psychiatry.

Level III trauma centers are smaller community hospitals that do not require neurosurgeons and focus on stabilizing severe trauma patients prior to transport to a higher-level trauma center. They may admit patients with mild and moderate injuries.

Level IV trauma centers provide enhanced care to injured patients within the emergency department and focus on stabilization and quick transfer to a higher-level trauma center. They may admit mildly injured patients.