Emergency & Trauma Services

Emergency Services  

Every second counts in emergency medicine. Families count on St. Francis Medical Center to have the facilities, equipment and experienced emergency medicine physicians and nurses available to care for a loved one. The St. Francis Emergency Department includes 46 beds, state-of-the-art technology, and is open 24 hours a day to provide immediate treatment for medical emergencies around the clock. Our Emergency Department ensures that all patients are triaged quickly, have their medical information gathered efficiently, and provides enough treatment rooms for all in need of swift and highly skilled care.

Minor emergencies are just as important, but sometimes do not receive top priority because of more serious cases. Our Quick Care program is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 am daily and is designed to provide patients a thorough evaluation of minor emergencies without unnecessary delays. In order to expedite services and reduce waiting times, patients can get tests and treatments ordered while they are waiting to see a physician.


Trauma Services 

The Trauma Center team at St. Francis Medical Center has been committed to quality, compassionate care for the needs of our community since 1996, the year we became verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. One of the requirements of this certification dictates that trauma centers must meet essential criteria and rigorous standards of trauma care capability and performance. Certified trauma centers must not only provide the resources necessary to treat traumatic injury, but the entire spectrum of care

With one of the busiest private Emergency/Trauma Centers in Los Angeles County, St. Francis Medical Center plays an essential role in the region.


Injury Prevention / Community Outreach

VPC  (Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles)
www.vpcgla.org
The SFMC Trauma Service is an institutional member of the VPC. The mission of the  VPC is to be a powerful, unified voice and a resource for member organizations who are committed to developing healthy, safe communities, advocating for a prevention-based approach to reducing/eliminating violence, and creating social equity. Priority Activities for 2010-2013 include Capacity Building, Public Education and Policy/Advocacy.

HAVEN  (Hospitals Against Violence Empowering Neighborhoods)
www.vpcgla.org/content/HAVEN
HAVEN’s mission is to use a collaborative effort to prevent injury, violence, and the associated consequences. Recognizing injury as a public health problem, HAVEN is dedicated to the eradication of preventable injuries by developing and supporting programs that prevent injuries. HAVEN was created in 2010 in response to the recognition that trauma is the number one killer of America’s youth. St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) Trauma Services spearheaded an effort to create a collaborative of Los Angeles hospital trauma centers dedicated to the prevention of traumatic injuries. SFMC Trauma Services approached the Violence Prevention Coalition (VPC) to seek support in creating a unified collaborative approach founded on the idea that each individual trauma center could bring its own strength to the coalition now known as HAVEN.

Current hospital members:
St. Francis Medical Center
White Memorial
Harbor UCLA Medical Center
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Kaiser Panorama City
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
St. Marys Medical Center
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
California Medical Center


Resources

American College of Surgeons (ACS) www.facs.org
American Trauma Society (ATS) www.amtrauma.org
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) www.acep.org
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) www.aanp.org
Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) www.astna.org
Center for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.org
Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma (EAST) www.east.org
Emergency Nurses Association  (ENA) www.ena.org
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) www.icisf.org
I’m Safe-Child Safety Solutions www.imsafe.com
Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy www.jhsph.edu
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) www.nhtsa.gov
National Institutes of Health (NIH) www.nih.gov
Safe Kids USA www.safekids.org
Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) www.traumanurses.org
Southern California Injury Prevention Research Program  (SCIPRP) www.ph.ucla.edu/sciprc
Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) www.traumafoundation.org
Trauma Managers Association of California (TMAC) www.traumamanagersca.org
Trauma Resuscitation After Resuscitation (TCAR) www.tcarprograms.com
Trauma.Org Care of the Injured www.trauma.org