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What is the difference between a "trauma center" and an "emergency room"?

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In brief: Level of care

An emergency room treats a wide range of problems, including minor injuries.
A trauma center can take care of major injuries, including those severe enough to require admission to the hospital. Special teams and surgical specialists are available at all times.

In brief: Level of care

An emergency room treats a wide range of problems, including minor injuries.
A trauma center can take care of major injuries, including those severe enough to require admission to the hospital. Special teams and surgical specialists are available at all times.
Dr. Michael McGonigal
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Specialization

All hospitals that accept medicare and medicaid (government insurance that hospitals rely on to pay the bills) must have an emergency department.
Becoming a trauma center requires a specific commitment to provide a level of service for trauma patients. It involves a promise from the hospital that a trauma surgeon will always be at the hospital and other necessary specialists readily available.

In brief: Specialization

All hospitals that accept medicare and medicaid (government insurance that hospitals rely on to pay the bills) must have an emergency department.
Becoming a trauma center requires a specific commitment to provide a level of service for trauma patients. It involves a promise from the hospital that a trauma surgeon will always be at the hospital and other necessary specialists readily available.
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Yes

An er is a location to triage and attampt stabilize a trauma patient before they are sent for definitive treatment.
A trauma center is where the patients are actually treated and managed. There are several levels of trauma centers, up to and including the level one trauma center where there are surgeons and anesthesiologists present for 24 hours a day to take care of these patients.

In brief: Yes

An er is a location to triage and attampt stabilize a trauma patient before they are sent for definitive treatment.
A trauma center is where the patients are actually treated and managed. There are several levels of trauma centers, up to and including the level one trauma center where there are surgeons and anesthesiologists present for 24 hours a day to take care of these patients.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: ER/ trauma center

Trauma center is a hospital that has all required surgical specialities to take care of a patient with multiple injuries.
Er is a triage place for all emergencies including trauma. Er only gives first aid or stabilize the injured patient and may transfer to appropriate physician for definitive care.

In brief: ER/ trauma center

Trauma center is a hospital that has all required surgical specialities to take care of a patient with multiple injuries.
Er is a triage place for all emergencies including trauma. Er only gives first aid or stabilize the injured patient and may transfer to appropriate physician for definitive care.
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