Patient Care & Services

Patient Care & Services

The Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center provides trauma victims with resuscitation, emergency surgical intervention, diagnostic and medical treatment, intensive care, rehabilitation and recovery services. The Ryder Trauma Center’s advanced, integrated resources are available and accessible to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whenever a life-threatening injury strikes a child, teenager, or an adult, the center is ready to save another life.

When an injury occurs, Miami-Dade County’s advanced regional trauma network swings into action. Highly trained emergency dispatchers, using enhanced 911 technology to identify a caller’s location, begin the cycle of care by directing fire-rescue paramedics to the scene. Many of the county’s 1,200-plus paramedics have received part of their training from the physicians at the Ryder Trauma Center.

After arriving on the scene, the paramedics rapidly assess the victim’s condition and begin emergency care. The fire-rescue teams are equipped with diagnostic equipment and two-way radios that put them in immediate contact with the surgical team at the center.

As the trauma victim is rushed to the center by ambulance or by helicopter, a team of board-certified trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists and radiologists — as well as nurses and support staff with special training in trauma care — is assembling at the hospital based on the probable nature of the injuries. For example, a trauma team may include neurosurgeons (for head and spinal cord injuries), orthopaedic surgeons (for major broken bones) and pediatric specialists (for young patients). Hand surgeons and burn care specialists are included as needed.