Trauma

Vital support services ensure that optimal care for severely injured patients is always available.

Programs:

General Surgery Trauma

Traumatic Brain Injury Program

The Montreal General Hospital (MGH) Trauma Centre is staffed 24 hours a day by trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, and trauma nurses. Also on call are consultants (in orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery) and respiratory therapists. Vital support services, including the blood bank, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology ensure that optimal care for severely injured patients is always available.

The ability to provide this coordinated treatment by an array of medical and surgical specialists improves a trauma patient’s chance of survival. Studies indicate that organized regional trauma care has reduced the number of fatalities that occur after injury by as much as 30 percent. This improvement is attributed to an organized approach to trauma care, increased skill in resuscitation, prompt availability of surgeons, and immediate availability of operating suites.

The Montreal General Hospital’s trauma unit has treated more than 10,000 injured patients. There have been 1,600 admissions or more in recent years, caring for severely injured patients, including persons involved in motor vehicle crashes, falls, and assaults with guns, knives, or blunt objects. The Trauma Program has been in existence since 1993 and is the busiest in Quebec.

The MGH Adult Trauma Program continues its longstanding rating as a complex trauma centre through its many research projects, education and community efforts including:

  • The Trauma Team Leader training program which is unique in Quebec and is a recognized interprofessional model of care.
  • Regional initiatives with 16 referring hospitals, providing quality reviews and teaching.