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MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center is an adult and pediatric Level II Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The Long Beach Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) treats more than 100,000 patients each year — more than 1,600 of those patients are treated by the Trauma Center.
The Los Angeles County Trauma system was established in 1983, with Long Beach Medical Center included as one of the original Trauma Centers, providing trauma care since 1983.
Full Spectrum of Trauma Care
The Trauma Center care team provides care coordination from the moment of entry in the ED until discharge from the hospital. Available 24/7, the multi-disciplinary care team comprises the full spectrum of diagnosis and treatment approaches, including injury prevention through rehabilitation. The Trauma Center uses the knowledge and skill of a wide spectrum of specialists to provide complete care for patients.
Crucial support services and essential parts of the trauma care team:
- Blood Bank
- Emergency Department
- Hyperbaric Medicine
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Laboratory Services
- Medical-Surgical Nursing Units
- MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute
- Operating Suites
- Rehabilitation Therapies
- Respiratory Care Practitioners
- Wound Care
State-of-the-Art Innovative Technology
The Trauma Center is equipped with advanced technologies, including a state-of-the-art CT scan to detect even the slightest of injuries and a special Trauma Operating Room. The Trauma Center also uses cutting-edge equipment to resuscitate, stabilize and treat the most critically injured adult and pediatric patients.
Trauma is the leading cause of death between individuals up to the age of 45 years. The key to preventing trauma is education. Long Beach Medical Center is dedicated to preventing injuries and deaths resulting from trauma. Injury prevention programs and support provided by Long Beach Medical Center include:
Every 15 Minutes Program: The Trauma Center at Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s collaborates with local high schools, police, ¬fire and other city departments to present the “Every 15 Minutes” Program. A two-day interactive injury prevention program, “Every 15 Minutes,” is dedicated to educating junior and senior high school students about the dangers of drinking or texting while driving. Participation in this event helps improve the health of the communities served by Long Beach Medical Center.
Stop the Bleed: No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it’s important to quickly stop blood loss. “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.
In 2007, Long Beach Medical Center, along with Miller Children’s, was awarded a National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP) grant. If a natural or manmade disaster were to occur, that impacted a large number of individuals, Long Beach Medical Center would lead in the coordination of care in the area in response to the incident.
The Disaster Resource Center (DRC):
- Provides information and assistance for other hospitals to treat victims that arrive at their location in response to a large-scale incident
- Facilitates disaster preparedness plans and enhances cooperation in Los Angeles County, to include planning for surge capacity
- Enhances the community's ability to respond to and address needs
The Disaster Resource Center (DRC) concept promotes, plans and mitigates cooperation and collaboration with Los Angeles County agencies, hospitals and other health care entities with LA County EMS Agency as a conduit. The goal as a DRC is to take an “all hazards” approach to disaster preparedness, with an emphasis on terrorism preparedness, including bioterrorism equipment and training. There are 13 other DRC’s in Los Angeles County.