Emergency Services

In addition to providing traditional emergency medical care for patients suffering from illness and injury, Capital Health offers advanced emergency care for patients suffering from traumas and neurologic conditions.

Level II Trauma Center

Injury is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans, killing more than 93,000 people each year. Care provided in a trauma center decreases the chance of death following injury by 20 – 40% compared to care in hospitals without a trauma center. In addition to saving lives, trauma centers ensure that patients return to the highest level of function possible following severe injury.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center is a state-designated level II trauma Center and one of only 10 designated trauma centers in New Jersey. We provide comprehensive care from the time of injury through rehabilitation. Our center meets high national standards for patient care and teaching.

As a state-designated level II trauma center, we undergo a designation process that involves detailed regular inspections by national and state organizations to assure high standards of care. We are the regional referral center for injured patients in Mercer County and adjacent parts of Somerset, Hunterdon, Burlington, and Middlesex counties as well as nearby areas of Pennsylvania. Designated trauma centers care for severely injured patients as well as victims of accident types known to be associated with a high risk for injury. Trauma patients include persons involved in motor vehicle crashes, falls, and assaults with knives, guns, or blunt objects. Trauma centers have the latest technology and experienced staff available to care for your family member. Besides providing care to the injured, trauma centers are also active partners with the community in injury prevention and public education.

You may wonder why your family member was transported here when there was a hospital closer to your home. We differ from general hospitals by providing an aggressive team approach to the injured patient. This results in the shortest possible interval from injury to definitive care. Trauma center care includes 24-hour immediate access to trauma surgeons and other specialists, operating rooms, blood bank, radiology, and dialysis. Many of these specialists are not available in general hospitals. This around-the-clock immediate response is largely responsible for the 20 – 40% increase in survival seen in trauma centers.

Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine

Capital Health also offers a specialized emergency department just for neurologic emergencies, known as our Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine. The Center helps patients suffering from symptoms or complaints that are neurologic in nature. These can include head or spine trauma or injury, change in mental status, vision problems, vertigo, numbness, headaches, and seizures among a multitude of other disturbances that may indicate a neurologically focused emergency. A dedicated program, patients seen at the center can be seen more rapidly and have the focused attention of a team dealing only with neurologic conditions.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Capital Health Regional Medical Center offers 24 hours a day/7 days a week advanced care for patients throughout the region with strokes and other cerebrovascular emergencies. This includes inpatient neurosciences units for both intensive and intermediate care, neuro-imaging and laboratory services, advanced diagnostics including CT perfusion and cerebral angiography, the latest in neurosurgical techniques and access to research in the area of neurovascular care.

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