Level II Trauma
The best care for life's worst, unexpected moments
Henrico Doctors' Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center is Western Richmond’s only Trauma Center.* Located conveniently in Henrico County, our Trauma Center is easily accessible and strategically positioned right off the interstates 64 and 95 allowing fast EMS ground transport access to our facility for time-critical emergency services. Our Trauma team is dedicated to delivering critical care in life-threatening moments.
What is Trauma?
If you’ve ever been in a bad car accident or suffered from a broken bone – this can be a traumatizing experience. But, when is an injury severe enough for you to be considered a “trauma patient?”
In most cases, to be classified as a trauma patient, you must have suffered significant penetrating or blunt injuries, usually resulting from violence or an accident. Typical trauma case scenarios include the following life-threatening problems that require immediate medical attention: multiple system trauma, shock, traumatic head injuries, chest, abdominal and public injuries, vascular injuries, burns, fire or smoke inhalation, acts of violence, poisoning, hypothermia, or recreational and sports accidents.
Thousands of accidents happen daily, and what happens in the minutes following those unexpected moments is critical. This time is referred to as the “golden hour”, during which precise medical action must be taken to improve the patient’s outcome. Having immediate access to a Trauma center during the “golden hour” of trauma is often difference between life and death. Henrico Doctors’ Trauma Center in has a highly trained trauma team ready 24/7 to treat complex life-threatening injuries.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Trauma victims depend on our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for a coordinated trauma emergency response. Improved outcomes and survival for the patient often depends on the EMS provider’s ability to rapidly evaluate the patient based on “trauma criteria” and determine the appropriate diagnosis and destination for continued trauma care. In most cases, our ED staff and Trauma team are communicating within a coordinated “System” of trauma care and preparing for each victim’s need before they even arrive. We value the strong partnership that we have with our EMS providers and rely on one another to move and progress patients quickly and efficiently inside our hospital doors for treatment, ultimately leading to successful interventions and improved patient outcomes.
We Exceed the Standards
At Henrico Doctors' Hospital, we're prepared for trauma patients. Our specially-trained medical professionals with specialized equipment converge at the bedside of critically ill or injured patients when they arrive in the ER. We deliver care immediately, with a rapid and systematic protocol, ensuring these patients quickly receive the critical attention they need.
Being a state-recognized Trauma Center means we voluntarily provide a higher level of care for the most critically injured patients. It also means our standards are reviewed and updated based on national standards published by the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Our Comprehensive Trauma Services Include
- Prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients
- 24 Hour General Surgeons and Emergency Medicine Physicians Skilled Medical and Nursing Team
- Availability of Orthopedic Thoracic and Plastic Surgeons and Anesthesiologists
- Trauma Team and Pre-hospital Continuing Education
- All-inclusive quality assessment program
- Injury Prevention and Community Outreach
Meet Dr. Ralph Layman, Medical Director of Henrico Doctors' Trauma Services.
Special Medical Focus: transplant, hepatobiliary, general, vascular and laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Layman received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 2001. He completed a 5-year General Surgery internship and residency along with a 1-year Research Fellowship in Transplant Immunology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. During that time he also participated in a surgical exchange program with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 2009 he completed a 2-year Organ Transplantation Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Layman is certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in Organ Transplantation by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
Dr. Layman is an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps. He served as a Trauma Surgeon in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
*Henrico Doctors' Hospital is a Provisional Level II Trauma Center through July 2017.