St. Vincent Indianapolis is verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level I Trauma Center. ACS verification confirms that the hospital is equipped for and capable of providing the highest level of care for patients with the most serious injuries. A trauma center is more than just a hospital or emergency room. It is a very specialized facility that has dedicated personnel, resources and facilities to care for severe and debilitating injuries, such as motor vehicle collisions, gunshot wounds, farm injuries and stabbings.
The St. Vincent Trauma Center is now the second busiest in the state and a crucial destination for trauma patients (ages 15 years and older) with serious injuries. We are the only trauma center conveniently located on the north side of Indianapolis - Minutes Saves Lives. Our nationally recognized neurosurgeons, orthopedic and cardiothoracic surgeons are immediately available to provide state-of-the-art care for the most complex trauma patients, anytime day or night, weekend or holiday.
Our Trauma care specialists, accredited/certified staff, dedicated equipment and sophisticated resources are readily available when trauma patients arrive. We have 24/7 access to onsite specialty services such as anesthesiology, plastics surgeons, critical care specialists, and radiologists - available to provide exceptional care as injuries dictate.
Every year, injuries hospitalize more than 95,000 Hoosiers. About 5,000 of those patients don't survive their injuries.
St. Vincent’s ONE Call Transfer network coordinates emergency transportation of critically injured patients to the St Vincent Trauma Center as safely and efficiently as possible. 5 StatFlight™ air medical bases are available 24/7 for air transport: Anderson, Seymour, West Lafayette, Greencastle and Rushville.
St. Vincent Health: Educating children and adults about injury prevention including distracted driving with a focus on texting and driving
The St. Vincent Trauma Prevention and Community Outreach team provides age-specific programs with texting and driving simulators as a free community service.
The trauma specialists at St. Vincent Trauma Center in Indianapolis have treated some of the toughest trauma cases in the country. They are dedicated to saving lives, providing the most up-to-date evidenced based medical and surgical techniques and equipment urgently to the every trauma patient they serve.
In a trauma situation, experience and expertise are paramount. That's why OrthoIndy trauma surgeons with unmatched experience in this field of medicine are exclusively at the St. Vincent Trauma Center.
Call 317-338-3716 for more information about St. Vincent Trauma Center.
The internal trauma team at St. Vincent coordinates timely and emergent trauma support
Radiology liaison: Brian Wiegel, MD
Orthopedic liaison: Renn Crichlow, MD
Neurology liaison: Shannon McCanna, MD
Critical Care liaison: Brandon Perkins, MD
Emergency Department liaisons: Michael Kubek, MD and Michael Kaufmannn, MD
EMS liaison: Michael Kaufmannn, MD
Anesthesia liaison: Jennifer Haddad, MD
School groups can register for a one-hour presentation and text/drive simulation. Provided by the St. Vincent Trauma Team.
To learn more:
FACT: 60% of teens admit they text and drive. Two seconds doesn’t seem like a big deal. After all, it’s just a couple of seconds, right? But when you text and drive, that’s all it takes to lose control of your vehicle and hurt yourself or someone else.
FACT: Distracted driving is the number-one killer of teenagers in the United States. This means it’s more important than ever to put the phone away while driving, and focus your attention on the road. Arriving safely should be your only priority when heading to your destination.
FACT: Texting and driving is not only as dangerous as driving drunk, it’s also illegal in Indiana. Police won’t hesitate to pull you over and write you a ticket for messing with your cell phone. But compared to being involved in a fatal traffic accident, that’s getting off easy. At the St. Vincent Trauma Center (a Level 1 trauma center for ages 15 and older), we often see what happens when people decide to text and drive instead of paying attention to the road. We’d prefer not to see it happen to you. So the next time you think about sending or reading a text while you’re driving, think again. It just might save your life.
Join your friends, neighbors, and other responsible drivers in pledging not to text and drive. By signing this pledge, you’re showing that you value the privilege of driving a motor vehicle. Most important, you’re showing that you value the lives of your passengers, the lives of other drivers on the road, and your own life.
St. Vincent associates at the Trauma Center are active speakers and educators at schools, in the communities, at EMS-sponsored programs and provide CME and CEU medical education and training.
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When you text and drive, your chances of being in a traffic accident involving injury or death are dramatically increased. Here are the facts:
The message is clear. Driving distracted – and especially texting while driving – is deadly. Don’t do it.
For more information, statistics, and facts about the dangers of texting and driving, check out these online resources:
St. Vincent associates at the Trauma Center are active speakers and educators at schools, in the communities, at EMS-sponsored programs and provide CME and CEU medical education and training
Community Education -- Drive NOW Text LATER: Speakers and drive/texting simulators demonstrate the reality of how distracting and accident prone texting and driving can be. We address tough issues of distracted driving like taking selfies, video chatting and surfing the web. We use live testimony from family members who have firsthand experience and whose teen has died as result of injuries sustained while texting and driving. After experiencing this program, drivers, especially young students-drivers walk away with a new found understanding about this dangerous act.
Brain food lecture series take place at St. Vincent Indianapolis on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in TNICU Classroom 1. We bring applicable trauma topics to suit a multidisciplinary audience such as nursing, pharmacists, rehab associates, radiology staff, social services and respiratory therapy.
Emergency Medicine Symposium held annually in May, incorporates a trauma component each year into the curriculum.
Trauma Core is a mandatory 1-day class for nursing staff at St. Vincent Indianapolis who care for trauma patients. This course provides the most up-to-date, evidenced-based information on how to care for and prevent complications in trauma patients. Modules include: Trauma program overview, resuscitation, head-to-toe assessment, complications, trauma devices, psychosocial aspects and case study reviews. The class is offered every other month.
ATLS Advanced Trauma Life Support course is for physicians and physician extenders. It was developed to teach emergency care providers a safe, reliable method for assessing and initially managing the injured patient. The course provides an organized approach for evaluation and management of seriously injured patients and offers a foundation of common knowledge for all members of the trauma team. The emphasis is on the critical "first hour" of care, focusing on initial assessment, life-saving interventions, reevaluation, stabilization, and, when needed, transfer to a trauma center. This two-day course consists of core content lectures, case presentations, discussions, development of life-saving interventional skills, and practical experience. Lectures are given in the morning and practical skills stations are reserved for the afternoon. Lectures include initial assessment, airway and ventilation, and trauma management of head, neck, thoracic, abdominal, spine and spinal cord, musculoskeletal injuries and shock, injuries due to heat and cold, burns, and trauma related injuries in pediatrics, geriatrics, and pregnant women. St. Vincent Indianapolis offers 2 ATLS courses per year.
TNCC Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum is widely recognized as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide. This program empowers nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients.
ENA developed The Trauma Nursing Core Course to establish a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge and to improve the care of all trauma patients. This seventh edition course combines interactive learning with scenario-based assessments to give nurses a comprehensive learning experience.
September 6-7 - TNCC at St Vincent EMS Education
September 8 - Regional Outreach Critical Care Conference, Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, IN
September 16 - Corporate Challenge- IMS
September 16 - Brain Food Lecture Series @ Noon in TNICU Classroom 1
October 5-6 - ATLS Instructor Course
October 7 - Brain Bolt 5K at Carmel Gazebo
October 18 - Brain Food Lecture Series @ Noon in TNICU Classroom 1- Dessert Provided; Trauma Pharmacology Trivia-RSI, Pain & Sedation, Street Drug Interaction with commonly used medications
November 15 - Brain Food Lecture Series @ Noon in TNICU Classroom 1- Dessert Provided
November 16-18 - National Catholic Youth Conference-Drive Now, Text Later, Indiana Convention Center
December 1-2 - ATLS Student Course - St Vincent
December 5 - A & R with IEMS 11 am - 1 pm
December 12-13 - TNCC
December 14 - Trauma Core
December 20 - Brain Food Lecture Series @ Noon in TNICU Classroom 1 - Dessert Provided
For information on any of the above education programs contact Charity.Cummiskey@ascension.org.