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Comprehensive Emergency Care

Lancaster General Hospital is the only accredited Level II Trauma Center in Lancaster County.

The Trauma and Acute Care Services team provides diagnosis and treatment for patients who experience major traumatic injuries often resulting from motor vehicle, farm or industrial accidents, falls, or gunshot wounds. Lancaster General Hospital is the only accredited Level II Trauma Center in Lancaster County. A trauma surgeon is onsite 24 hours a day and a dedicated operating room, equipped with the most advanced tools for delivering high-quality emergency treatment, is available the moment it is needed. 

Trauma care may begin while emergency medical services crews are transporting patients to the hospital. A special area of the emergency department is designated solely for the resuscitation of trauma patients. Care continues through surgery, recovery in our Trauma Neuro Intensive Care Unit, discharge, and follow-up visits at our trauma clinic. Physicians, nurses, and surgeons in almost every discipline, are ready to respond 24/7.

State-of-the-art Facilities

The trauma operating room is dedicated solely to trauma patients and is equipped with the most advanced systems for delivering high-quality emergency care:

  • Space and flexibility for multiple surgical teams to operate simultaneously
  • Dedicated trauma hybrid with core OR staff
  • Thromboelastographic (TEG) platelet mapping to test blood coagulation
  • REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) to control hemorrhage 
  • Digital technology allows X-ray images to be sent electronically to the surgeon(s), enabling them to devise a treatment plan as soon as possible
  • Fast re-warming system can quickly elevate body temperature and prevent hypothermia
  • Portable head CT and ultrasound in the Trauma Neuro Intensive Care Unit


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Programs and Services

Providing comprehensive emergency care to individuals with major and minor illnesses

Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to commonly asked questions about care in Lancaster General Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center

Patient Stories

Read about real people and the life saving efforts of our emergency medicine and trauma department.

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Find resources for health care professionals including information about our events, conferences, and publications.
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