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Trauma Surgery

At St. Mark’s Hospital, our staff is adept at treating the unique blend of trauma types that show up at our door. Located in Salt Lake City, the St. Mark's ER is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide our community quality healthcare, when it matters most. Our trauma staff has decades of experience handling complex medical emergencies including heart attacks, strokes and orthopedic injuries. We aim to deliver the highest quality care of any facility in Salt Lake City.

Level III Trauma Center

St. Mark's is a level III trauma center (as verified by the Utah Department of Health), meaning our hospital is better equipped to serve our local communities in need of advanced care for injured patients. With this designation, our hospital is an integral part of Utah's specialty trauma care system with a coordinated approach to reducing unnecessary disabilities and deaths from traumatic injuries through cooperation of all healthcare providers statewide. In fact, we have 24/7 inhouse trauma surgeons available to serve our patients.

People who are severely injured need fast access to specialized treatment, resources and equipment to prevent death and/or permanent disabilities. In fact, CDC-supported research demonstrated a 25 percent reduction in deaths when patients with serious injuries are quickly transported and treated at a trauma center.

Level III trauma centers differ from a normal emergency room in several ways, including:

  • Quality assessment program
  • Providing rural and community hospitals with back-up care and transfer agreements
  • Transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at level I or level II trauma center

When you choose our ER and trauma center, you can rest easier knowing you and your family are getting quality emergency care.

And the evidence goes far beyond a plaque on the wall. It shows in the care we provide. Here's a look at exactly what the Level III designation means to each trauma patient arriving at St. Mark’s Hospital:

  • Everything the trauma patient might need is poised for immediate use upon arrival
  • Assessment, stabilization and interventions are done quickly and efficiently
  • Family support is immediately available
  • Survival rates are increased
  • Long-term patient outcomes are improved
  • Care is better coordinated, delivered calmly, and no chaotic environment is fostered
  • Universal blood is immediately available
  • Each specially-trained trauma team member performs a unique, focused, specific role

Fast Facts About Trauma

  • Trauma is a severe injury caused by physical force (such as a car crash or gunshot).
  • Trauma is the most common cause of death in people between the ages of 1 and 45.
  • Almost 100,000 people die from trauma each year in the U.S. (half from car crashes).
  • EIRMC is the region’s referral center, home to an Emergency Department serving over 40,000 patients each year.
  • Trauma verification is a rare distinction reserved only for hospitals demonstrating the highest level of service. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals in America, only 252 are verified trauma centers, and only 113 are verified at Level II.