The Tallahassee Memorial Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center is the only Level II Trauma Center in the Big Bend region and is an Accredited Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center with PCI – (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) the highest designation available for heart attack care. More than 65,000 people from 17 counties are treated in the 53-bed facility each year.
Patients benefit from a team of physicians board-certified in emergency medicine, specialty trained staff and state-of-the-art technology. A rapid response lab and digital imaging, including a CT scanner and two X-Ray units, are located within the department.
Our Designation as a Trauma Center
The Trauma Center is for individuals who have sustained an injury that must be treated in a timely manner in order for the patient to avoid long term disability and in some cases to survive. This is known as the “golden hour.” Most often, these patients are victims of automobile accidents, falls, gunshot wounds, stabbings or burns.
Trauma Centers have specific standards that must be met in order to be designated as a trauma center. Per state law, designated trauma centers have a comprehensive team of trauma-certified physicians and staff on-site 24 hours a day and sub-specialists such as orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons, etc., on-call around the clock who must respond within minutes of a trauma alert.
The Trauma Center is for individuals who have sustained an injury that must be treated in a timely manner in order for the patient to survive. Most often, these patients are victims of automobile accidents, falls, gunshot wounds, stabbings or burns.
When Should You Go to Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center?
- Signs of stroke, including sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body; sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye; loss of speech or trouble talking or understanding speech; sudden, severe headache with no known cause; unexplained dizziness or sudden fall, especially with other stroke symptoms
- Chest pain lasting two minutes or longer
- Severe shortness of breath
- Profuse bleeding that does not stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure
- Sudden, severe pain
- Poisoning – First, consult the Florida Information Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222. Ask for immediate home treatment advice. Then, based on poison control’s advice, go to an emergency center or call 911
- A severe or worsening reaction to insect bite or medication, especially if breathing is difficult
- A major injury such as head trauma
- Unexplained stupor, drowsiness or disorientation
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Severe or persistent vomiting, dehydration and fainting
- Depression with suicidal or homicidal feelings
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