Delray Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Delray Medical Center’s trauma physicians and surgeons work closely with neurosurgeons, interventionalists, and neurologists to treat critical neurotrauma cases that most often involve serious injury to the brain and spinal cord.
In neurotrauma cases, time is of the essence; seconds could mean life, death, permanent brain damage, or paralysis. That’s why our trauma center and neurology specialists collaborate to offer neurotrauma care 24/7.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Injuries to the central nervous system resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI) are the types of injury most likely to result in death or lifelong disability. Nationally, about 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury and 11,000 persons are hospitalized for spinal cord injury each year.
The number of people surviving after a serious neurological injury has increased in recent years. This increase in survival rate is attributed to improved prehospital care and centers of excellence specializing in the treatment of these injuries. As a Level 1 Trauma Center – Florida’s Highest Trauma Designation- Delray Medical Center facilitates a comprehensive interdisciplinary neurotrauma program.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury results from an injury to the spinal cord and surrounding blood vessels or structures. It is commonly associated with spinal fractures. Spinal cord injury may result in permanent or temporary loss of motor, sensory, or autonomic function below the level of the injury. In the United States, 190,000 persons live with a spinal cord injury and 11,000 new injuries occur each year.
Our Neurotrauma Team Approach
For any type of suspected injury to the brain or spinal cord, patients are quickly evaluated based on injury. When patients are brought to the hospital by an Emergency Medical Service provider or ambulance, Delray Medical Center’s trauma team receive critical patient condition information, so that the team has the ability to provide immediate care upon the patient’s arrival. If necessary, Delray Medical Center can quickly call on the team of neurology specialists and surgeons to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive care in a seamless fashion. The hospital has a supportive team of surgeons, critical care and internal medicine physicians, specialized nurses and therapists, and rehabilitation professionals and services to provide the highest quality in the continuum of care for patients that experience a neurotrauma.
Delray Medical Center provides comprehensive neurological rehabilitation services that are customized to help meet patients' personal goals and assist them in their efforts to regain function and independence. Our neurological rehabilitation teams provide therapy in a multidisciplinary fashion using some of the latest in advanced technologies in a compassionate, patient-and-family centered environment. Learn more about our Rehabilitation program >