Hit by a speeding forklift, a warehouseman suffers crushing injures to his legs and feet …
A construction worker falls from a scaffold breaking both wrists and one elbow …
A machinist is struck by the pieces of a shattered grinding wheel resulting in multiple fractures and penetrating wounds to his right arm and both legs …
All are faced with serious, limb-threatening, life altering injuries.
Managing the traumatically injured patient, especially those with multiple orthopedic injuries, often presents unique medical challenges. These patients often require immediate treatment at unpredictable hours such as nights, weekends and holidays. Treatment must often be initiated without the benefit of detailed history and physical examination, a pre-existing doctor-patient relationship, or insurance authorizations.
These patients typically need thoughtful, timely intervention to minimize complications, speed recovery, and return the patient to maximum functional capability. In patients with open fractures, emergent irrigation and debridement of the traumatic wounds is necessary. Most displaced unstable fractures require surgical stabilization. This often involves the use of implants such as plates and screws, intra-medullary nails, and external fixators.
When is a Trauma Specialist Needed?
Injuries requiring the intervention of a trauma specialist are generally acute in nature, although trauma specialists are often called upon to evaluate the chronic effects of past trauma. Patients with the following acute and chronic conditions may benefit from referral to a trauma and fracture care specialist:
- Fractures of upper or lower extremities
- Complex periarticular injuries
- Pelvic and acetabular fractures
- Complex femoral fractures
- Multiple injuries
- Injuries requiring internal or external fixation
- Injuries caused by falls, impacts or penetrating objects
- Injuries requiring post-traumatic bone reconstruction
- Nonunions and malunions
- Infections and osteomyelitis
The SCOI & SZS Trauma Team is committed to providing the finest medical care and case management for traumatic or multiply injured patients. Our trauma and fracture care services include:
- Two fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons specializing in trauma and fracture care.
- Single call management capability to arrange transportation, evaluation, and treatment.
- Multiple office locations to handle emergency cases throughout the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Conejo valleys.
- Extended hours allowing coverage beyond the traditional workday.
- The full resources of SCOI to assist our trauma specialists in treatment and management of the multiply injured patient. This includes more than 27 fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists.