The Trauma team at Staten Island University Hospital is dedicated to providing
exceptional care for the injured patient. If there is a procedure or technical
term that is not well understood, simply ask us to clarify and we will explain.
Where does the patient go after arriving at the faculty?
The trauma patient will be brought to one of our state of the art trauma
bays. There will be much activity around them as they are evaluated. Please
know that a team trained to handle traumatic emergencies are tending to
your loved one.
Based on the evaluation in the Emergency Department, they can go to one
of the following:
- The operating room (OR) for emergency surgery.
- The Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Pediatric ICU (PICU)
- The telemetry, surgical nursing unit, or pediatric nursing unit
When can I expect to see the trauma surgeon?
The trauma team “rounds” daily in the hospital. During these
rounds, they discuss injuries and the plan of care, including discharge
planning. We encourage your family to be present for our daily visits
so that our plan of care may be clear to you and your loved ones. If you
cannot meet with the team at that time, please share your concerns with
your nurse and they can help to contact the team for you.
Our Trauma surgeons strive to see all patients by noon; however, they may
be delayed on some days because of unforeseen circumstances.
During these instances, the chief resident may oversee daily care and communicate
with the attending. Your nurse or physician’s assistant will also
be able to provide you with updates.
Who is responsible for a patient’s treatment during the hospital stay?
Many different medical professionals may be involved in the care of the
trauma patient and it may appear as if the team is ever changing. The
team is led by an attending trauma surgeon and may include surgical interns,
surgical residents, physician assistants, and nurses. Special consultative
services can be involved, depending on the injury sustained, such as orthopedics
What is the difference between an attending, a resident, an intern, and
a physician assistant?
Attending trauma surgeon: A surgeon who specializes in trauma care, leads the trauma team and consults
with other surgeons and specialists as needed. A trauma surgeon is on
call for immediate response at all times.
Resident: A doctor who has completed medical school and is furthering his or her
training in a specialty. Always works under the supervision of the attending
A chief resident: A resident in their final year of training. They are selected to assist
the attending in the daily care of the patients and in management of the
interns and residents.
Intern: A medical school graduate preparing to be licensed to practice in medicine.
Physician Assistant (PA): A medical professional formally educated to examine patients, diagnose
injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment under the supervision of
How long are trauma patients hospitalized and when can they go home?
As the trauma patient recovers, their safe discharge from SIUH is our goal.
Recovery times vary and will depend upon their injuries and previous medical
state. Sometimes recovery cannot be completed in the hospital and needs
to be continued at home, with visiting nurse services, or in a rehabilitation
facility. SIUH has dedicated care managers and social workers who assist
the trauma team to develop the safest discharge plan for the patient.
Trauma Services; Main Office: 718-226-4800
Administrative Support: 718-226-1267
Outpatient Trauma Services: 718-226-6260
Available Support Groups:
Brain Injury Support: 718-356-2851
Compassionate Friends: 718-227-6516
Pain Management: 718-226-3519
For a full list of support groups, information and schedules, call:
Community Outreach Relations: 718-226-1832 or 718-226-1911
Patient Representation: 718-226-8851
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, N.Y. 10305