The Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center is the only Level II Trauma Center in the region and has designations such as Accredited Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. The Center has 52 beds and sees over 70,000 patients each year.
The Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center is staffed by all board certified physicians and includes a CT scanner, two digital X-Ray units and a rapid turnover lab located inside so that patients do not have to be transported to other parts of the hospital for services.
Trauma Centers are held to a higher standard than traditional emergency departments and have many requirements to meet this designation. State laws require Trauma Centers to have trauma-certified physicians and staff on-site 24 hours a day and to have physician specialists and sub-specialists on-call at all times who must respond within minutes of a trauma alert. In addition, trauma equipment designed to treat trauma victims must be within the department.
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
Featuring free InQuicker online check-in service
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s Bixler Emergency Center and Urgent Care Center are now taking online reservations. With InQuicker, patients will no longer have to experience long wait times in a crowded emergency facility.
InQuicker is a web-based emergency room service designed to improve patient satisfaction by allowing patients with non-life-threatening medical emergencies to hold a place at the ER online while waiting in the comfort of their own homes.
Patients have access to InQuicker from the tmh.org home page to check-in for their ER or Urgent Care visit. The patient will be prompted to fill out a form with medical history and symptoms and the InQuicker system will generate a projected treatment time. Once the patient arrives to the ER or Urgent Care waiting room, they are guaranteed to be seen by a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or a physician within 15 minutes or the patient will be compensated with two tickets to a local attraction in the Tallahassee area.
InQuicker is not an appointment or reservation setting service, as the nature of ER triage does not allow for the scheduling of medical treatment. Rather, the InQuicker system estimates treatment times based on patient traffic conditions and allows its users to wait in line from home instead of in the waiting room. InQuicker users do not skip the ER waiting line, nor will they be seen ahead of individuals in the waiting room or impact others’ wait times. In the event of a projected treatment time delay, InQuicker users are sent real-time notifications via phone call and email so they can continue waiting at home.
“InQuicker is intended only for individuals with non-life and non-limb threatening medical conditions. It’s simply a way for people with busy lives and busy families to conveniently access care for minor medical needs. If you’re in doubt about the severity of your condition, you should always seek immediate care by going to the nearest emergency department or calling 911.” says Sam Ashoo, MD, Medical Director of the Tallahassee Memorial Bixler Emergency Center.
Have a suggestion? Please e-mail Chris Sutherland at email@example.com.