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Published on May 29, 2015

Staying Safe All Year Long

SRHS educates community on trauma prevention

From car accidents to head injuries, the Level I Trauma Center at Spartanburg Medical Center (SMC), part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS), is ready to care for you at the highest level. However, our Emergency Center physicians don’t want to meet you by accident.

May marks Trauma Awareness Month. Established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, Trauma Awareness Month is devoted to educating and promoting trauma prevention. SMC’s trauma team visits local high schools year-round discussing distracted driving, and participates in a statewide fall prevention program through the Trauma Association of South Carolina. Trauma patient providers also provide courses in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support and Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum.

During Trauma Awareness Month and every day, SMC’s trauma team is dedicated to keeping you safe.  With designated trauma bays, treatment areas and a helicopter landing pad to respond quickly, SMC’s Level I Trauma Center is equipped to handle the most serious medical emergencies.

Below are safety reminders to help prepare you for an emergency:

  • Make Auto Safety a Priority: This includes having properly attached car seats for children, regularly maintaining your car and absolutely no cell phone use while driving.
  • Keep a Well-Stocked First Aid Kit in your Home and Car: Not every injury qualifies as a traumatic one, of course, but unchecked bleeding can make a moderate injury much worse. A well-stocked first aid kit will help you address anything from everyday cuts to more severe injuries.
  • Keep Fire Extinguishers in the House: There should be a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen and the master bedroom. If you have a multi-story house, there should be one for each floor.
  • Review Your Emergency Escape Plan: Talk to your family about what to do in case of a fire or other emergencies and know what escape routes you can take out of your house.
  • Keep Cell Phone Chargers in Your Car, House and Office: In case of a serious injury, getting qualified first responders to the scene can be the difference between life and death. A properly-charged cell phone can be a lifeline.
  • Know Where the Closest Trauma Center is: Patients who suffer catastrophic injuries are typically brought to trauma centers by first responders. Locate a trauma center near you.

(Source: National Trauma Institute)

Learn more about Spartanburg Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center at

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through three hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center and Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award. The American Nurses Association lists SRHS among the nation’s top 7 percent of hospitals for excellence in nursing.

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