Trauma is an injury caused by external force applied to the human body. Car crashes, violent acts such as shootings, stabbings and falls are common mechanisms of trauma injury. Major trauma is a life-threatening or potentially life-threatening injury. Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for people under age 44 and the third leading cause of death in all age groups. Patients with traumatic injuries need to be transported to a trauma center for treatment and the amount of time from injury to receiving specialized trauma hospital care is critical in saving lives and decreasing disabilities. Trauma centers provide the level of care that can make a difference between life and death.
McLaren Lapeer Region is currently working toward becoming a verified Level II Trauma Center through the American College of Surgeons (ACS). McLaren Lapeer Region will be the only trauma center in the thumb region, providing immediate, comprehensive, and specialized care 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year to patients suffering multi-system, severe and potentially life-threatening or disabling injuries.
Every hour of the day, surgeons, emergency medicine physicians and surgical specialists, such as neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, as well as nurses and other healthcare personnel will provide immediate care to trauma patients. Vital support services such as blood banks, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology, as well as case managers, clinical social workers, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other medial professionals are all part of McLaren Lapeer Region’s trauma patient care team.
McLaren Lapeer Region Trauma Services
Four trauma bays equipped with the latest technology are available in the emergency department at McLaren Lapeer Region, where physicians and other emergency healthcare providers can evaluate injuries, resuscitate, stabilize and provide emergency medical care to the most critically injured patient.
Trauma attending surgeons are available 24 hours per day and respond within 15 minutes to assist Emergency Department physicians in providing care to trauma patients transported to McLaren Lapeer Region.
As traumatic injuries typically deprive people of their productivity and ability to remain active for extensive periods of time, continuity of care is extremely important. After the initial injury is addressed, the trauma team focuses on helping patients become active as soon as possible. Patients may start rehabilitation while still at McLaren Lapeer Region. The trauma team also makes recommendations for post-discharge and educates patients about community resources that can help.
From the emergency medical services personnel at the scene of an accident or injury, through discharge, the McLaren Lapeer Region Trauma Program will play a vital role in the survival and healing of severely injured patients from the Michigan thumb region.
McLaren Lapeer Region Trauma Medical Staff
Dr. Ruben Toribio, a Board Certified Trauma and General Surgeon, is the medical director of the McLaren Lapeer Region Trauma Program. He is supported by fellow Board Certified surgeons, Dr. Mitchell Farber and Dr. Haile Mezghebe. Trauma patients often require specialty care, which includes the surgical expertise of Dr. Aria Sabit, chief of neurosurgery and Dr. John Olenyn, chief of trauma orthopedics. Additional specialty physician recruiting is in progress.