UC San Diego Health
A traumatic injury or illness can happen at any time — that’s why we’re here when you need us the most. Our Level 1 Trauma Center is an integral part of UC San Diego Medical Center, our Hillcrest hospital, and is ready to help you and your loved ones 24/7.
We have the expertise to treat patients with the most high-risk injuries, including severe burns, gunshot wounds and serious car crash injuries. We also collaborate with specially trained surgeons, including neurologic, orthopedic, cardiothoracic, vascular and plastic surgeons, to help you on your road to recovery. It reflects our commitment to delivering the highest level of care to you and your family.
Coordinated, Comprehensive Care
When patients arrive by helicopter or ambulance, their care begins before they get to the hospital. There’s intense coordination between mobile intensive care nurses, doctors and pre-hospital paramedics.
Patients with a serious multisystem injury or requiring resuscitation or immediate surgery bypass the emergency room and are brought directly to our Trauma Center’s resuscitation suite or operating room for lifesaving surgery.
To ensure continuity of care, one of our trauma nurses remains with patients from admission until they’re stabilized, often through surgery and intensive care. We monitor their progress every step of the way, coordinating care with other specialists to ensure they’re getting the right treatment from admission to discharge.
The NextSteps program is based on the principles of self-management. The self-management approach to health recognizes that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. NextSteps teaches you how to become more active and take control of your recovery. It uses techniques that have been scientifically proven to increase one’s self confidence and sense of empowerment. NextSteps teaches you the skills to become an active self manager of your health and your life.
AMPOWER community is a free resource for individuals to connect and discuss a variety of topics related to the life of amputees.
- Amputee Coalition
Today, almost 2 million Americans have experienced amputations or were born with limb difference. Another 28 million people in our country are at risk for amputation. The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss. With the generous support of the public, we are helping amputees live well with limb loss, raising awareness about limb loss prevention and ensuring amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to live full, thriving lives.
- Family Caregiver Alliance
The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance is to improve the quality of the life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care.
- The Friends and Family of Chic Kelly
The Friends and Family of Chic Kelly is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the victims of spinal cord injury. The goal of our organization is to fund individuals living with spinal cord injury who lack the resources needed to carry out daily living activities. Chic feels strongly about reaching out to other individuals in the Philadelphia area who sustain a spinal cord injury. Many of these SCI victims are in desperate need of funding for their spinal cord injury related expenses.
- VictimConnect Resource Center
VictimConnect Resource Center (VCRC) is a weekday phone, chat, and text-based referral helpline operated by the National Center for Victims of Crime. Services are available for all victims of crime in the United States and its territories. Visitors to the hotline receive strength-based and trauma-informed services and referrals in over 200 languages.
- United Spinal Association
United Spinal Association is dedicated to empowering people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, to live successful and fulfilling lives.
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