Traumatic care services are healthcare services provided for individuals who have experienced a traumatic injury, such as a vehicle accident, fall, workplace injury or gunshot wound. The centers that offer traumatic care are equipped with hospital-grade medical equipment to provide the highest level of care for these patients.
What is considered major trauma?
Major trauma refers to an injury or illness that significantly impacts an individuals life and quality of life. Contributing factors to major trauma include:
- Likeliness of hospitalization and other resource requirements
- The complexity and cost of the treatments and resources required
- The length of recovery
- Likelihood and extent of permanent impairment
- Energy dissipation or absorption
- Incidence of a particular trauma type
- Impact on quality of life
What is traumatic care?
Traumatic care refers to the healthcare of patients who have experienced a traumatic injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or a stroke. Traumatic care also refers to the care given to patients who have lost a limb or limbs, particularly those who are quadriplegic.
What are the 3 types of trauma?
The three types of trauma are classified as acute, chronic and complex.
Acute Trauma — Acute trauma is associated with a single event, such as a car accident or a natural disaster. Symptoms of acute trauma may include:
- Severe panic or extreme anxiety
- Confusion and/or irritation
- Dissociation or feelings of disconnection from one’s self and the surroundings
- Suspiciousness or acting in strange ways
- Lack of self-care and poor grooming
- Loss of focus or productiveness at work or school
Chronic Trauma — Chronic trauma occurs from multiple traumatic events over an extended period of time. This may include domestic violence, cold abuse or exposure to war or combat situations. Symptoms include:
- Unpredictable emotions
- Physical symptoms like fatigue, headaches or nausea
Complex Trauma — Complex trauma is often the result from exposure to multiple traumatic events or experiences and often occurs within the context of an interpersonal relationship. It is often planned, extreme, ongoing or related and often has more severe and persistent impacts. Symptoms of complex trauma include:
- Feelings of being ‘trapped’
- Challenges with shame, trust and self-esteem
- Coping strategies such as alcohol and drug use, over-eating, under-eating or self-harm
- Negative impacts on emotional and physical health, overall wellbeing, relationships and daily functioning
- Low feelings of worth or personal value
What is considered a traumatic injury?
A traumatic injury is one that has a sudden onset and severity which requires immediate medical attention. The injury may cause systemic shock and may require immediate medical intervention to save life or limb. Common causes of traumatic injuries include:
- Auto accident
- Sports injuries
- Compound fracture, where the bone pierces through the skin and becomes visible
- A foreign object entering the body, such as being stabbed or shot
- A large amount of blood loss
If you or someone you know has experienced a traumatic injury, seek medical attention immediately! The kind and compassionate professionals at Partnership for Health Senior Care are experienced in treating traumatic injuries and can help you cope with your injuries at home and during recovery. For more information on our traumatic in-home care services and how they can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our in-home adult care specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today. We serve patients from Atlanta GA, Mableton GA, Austell GA, Smyrna GA, Marietta GA, Sandy Springs GA, Hampton GA, Cobb County GA, East Point GA, and College Park GA.