Trauma surgery (also known as Surgical critical care) is a surgical specialty involved in the invasive treatment of physical injuries, typically in an emergency setting. It addresses most injuries to the neck, chest, abdomen, and extremities.
Practitioners of trauma surgery are called trauma surgeons. The trauma surgeon is responsible for the initial resuscitation and stabilization of the patient, as well as ongoing evaluation and management. Trauma surgeons must be familiar with a large variety of general surgical, thoracic, and vascular procedures and must be able to make complex decisions, often with little time and incomplete information. Proficiency in all aspects of intensive care medicine/critical care is required.
Notable Trauma SurgeonsEdit
- Dr. Teddy Altman (Head of Trauma Surgery and Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital)
- Dr. Owen Hunt (Attending Trauma Surgeon, former Head of Trauma Surgery, and former Chief of Surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital)
- Dr. April Kepner (former Attending Trauma Surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital)
- Dr. Klein (Attending Trauma Surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital)
- Dr. Ted Stevenson (Head of Trauma Surgery at Case Medical Center)
- Dr. Emily Vaughn (Attending Trauma Surgeon at Bauer Army Medical Center and the U.S. Army)
- Dr. Megan Hunt (Attending Trauma Surgeon at the U.S. Army)
Notes and TriviaEdit
- Trauma surgery is typically practiced in hospital emergency rooms or trauma centers.
- Trauma surgeons are sometimes disparagingly referred to as "meat-ballers".
- Owen Hunt described trauma surgery as a team sport.
- Before his death, George O'Malley displayed a talent in trauma surgery, and, according to Owen, he could have been one of the finest trauma surgeons.