Level I Trauma Center is an important community resource
Prisma Health and the American Trauma Society (ATS) recognize May as National Trauma Awareness Month. This year, the ATS is focusing on Firearm Injury Prevention. In collaboration with ATS, Prisma Health Richland Hospital, the only Level I Trauma Center in the Midlands, wants to remind the community of the importance of household gun safety.
According to the ATS, firearm violence resulted in over 39,773 deaths in 2017. To reduce this risk, ATS provides these tips to gun owners for household safety:
As the Midlands region’s only Level I Trauma Center, Prisma Health Richland Hospital is an important community resource cares which cares for over 3,000 trauma patients annually including patients with firearm related injuries.
Being a Level I Trauma Center, the highest designation for trauma centers by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the state of South Carolina, Prisma Health Richland Hospital provides valuable experience with a team of experts that are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the highest level of trauma care.
Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands offers the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the Midlands, and was the first in the state to be an ACS-verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.
Team members at the trauma center also offer community injury prevention programs, including:
For more information on Prisma Health Trauma Center injury prevention programs and registration, visit PalmettoHealth.org/Trauma.